CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7 Chicago, Chicago's Number One station for news, presented a virtual town hall exploring efforts to stop bullying and bring awareness of its impacts on children of all ages and races. ABC 7 Weekend Anchor Karen Jordan moderated this hour-long, virtual town hall available on abc7chicago.com Thursday, October 22 at 2:00 PM.
October is observed as National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. The ABC Network is supporting this important issue with its 'Choose Kindness' campaign which will run throughout the year. This campaign encourages schools, communities, organizations, kids and families to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying. The goal is to put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence of all forms of bullying and show how it hurts children of all ages.
Karen Jordan led an informative conversation on what some of our local community organizations are doing to help youth dealing with bullying and parents who may need guidance identifying the problem. She also looked at how these groups are encouraging special school programs that stand with youth against bullying of any kind.
Guest panelists included:
-Te'Aira Malone-Zuccaro, Clinical Program Director, Metropolitan Family Services - Calumet Center
-Solomon Martinez, Youth Program Manager - Proyecto Cuidaté, Erie Neighborhood House
-Ashunti Walker, Crisis Responder, Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness - Will & Grundy County
-Kreagan Carbone, Manager of Prevention Services, BUILD, Inc.
-David Biele, Director of Youth Services, Center on Halsted
The virtual town hall was also exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.
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