About the Foundation

LIVE FREE BE STRONG FOUNDATION is a socially conscious organization focusing on issues affecting our community such as bullying and teen suicide. Our primary goal is to support vital programs with proven results through fundraising initiatives and public support.

Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict. Rationalizations for perceived imbalance of power sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, or ability. Bullying is a form of abuse and occurs generally in one of five forms: verbal, physical, sexual, emotional, or cyber.

It may seem odd that an anti-bullying organization would open with a definition when the very point of living free and being strong is the embodiment of individuality and celebration of what makes each of us unique. But it is impossible to realize what we do if we don’t convey an understanding of what we are trying to prevent.

Live Free Be Strong focuses on empowerment of individuals.

A bully takes advantage of another person through intimidation. We strive to empower individuals so that they realize their potential and the potential of others. Our empowerment sessions have touched the lives of many primary/middle school and high school aged children. We partner older children with younger ones to encourage growth and mentoring. During the sessions, we teach students through example and participation to recognize the signs of bullying. We encourage students to examine their lives through the looking glass and determine how their actions affect themselves and those around them. We encourage each participant to recognize their self-worth and the unique contributions they bring to the world around them. We want them to live responsibly, fully, freely, and with strength. It is the recognition of this self-worth that serves as the key to opening a door to a limitless life.

In addition to the empowerment sessions, Live Free Be Strong has organized and/or actively participated in:
•SMART Ride, a charity bike ride from Miami to Key West
•“Kick Out Bullying,” with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a professional soccer team
•“Duck Derby,” an annual fundraiser to benefit Kids in Distress
•A multi-year partnership with Fort Lauderdale High School

Our organization also supports deserving high school students upon matriculation to college studies. The Founder’s Scholarship has been established to honor students who have demonstrated exemplary behavior and shown dedicated service to their community and embody the Live Free Be Strong message that “if it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.”

“If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.” A simple message with big hopes and big aspirations, much like the students we work with through our outreach programs.

For more information, or to inquire about how you can get involved with our organization, please do not hesitate to contact us. Join us as we continue to work to raise awareness of and, more importantly, stop bullying in its tracks. We welcome your participation… together, we can do great things.

 


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