Jefferson City woman develops anti-bullying organization

1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago November 28, 2015 Nov 28, 2015 Saturday, November 28 2015 Saturday, November 28, 2015 4:38:00 PM CST in News
By: Emma Balkenbush, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Natasha Johnson started the group, Show Me-Just and Caring Communities, in 2013 and is now beginning to develop the group further. 

Johnson started the anti-bully group with another parent after learning about a middle school student who had committed suicide after being bullied.  

Since then, Johnson has been in the development phase and trying to get kids involved to become mentors for younger children.

"We're focusing on bullying prevention and violence prevention, as well as social and emotional development," Johnson said.  "I just wanting kids to learn how to recognize how others are feeling, their own feelings and different coping techniques." 

The group's current program is the Youth Talk mentor program, which is a peer-to-peer group with five kids between the ages of 12 and 16 who are training to become mentors. 

Johnson said the group goes to community events to volunteer and get the word out about what they do. 

She said she is planning on presenting the idea to the school board soon.

"Eventually, the long term goal is to actually have these bully-prevention groups implemented in the schools," Johnson said.  

Johnson has reached out several times to Lewis and Clark Middle School about the organization but said she is having a hard time getting a response. 

Johnson said her goal is to have the group become a 501(c)(3) organization and develop a wider support base. 

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