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Photo Contest WINNER, Mackenzie E.!

Announcing the Lion’s Heart spring photo contest winner for submitting this great photo of her Trabuco Canyon/Coto, CA 2022 girls group picking beans for the Second Harvest Food Bank. What a great photo of Lion’s Heart Members volunteering and making a difference in their community! Congratulations Mackenzie!

Here is the winning photo: 

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By winning the Lion’s Heart spring photo contest, Mackenzie won a pair of Beats Solo2 headphones that were delivered to her door yesterday. She was so surprised and thrilled she sent us a picture of her with them on!

Thank you so much, Mackenzie, for your fantastic entry and keep on giving back!

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*Special thanks to all the Lion’s Heart Members who submitted photos to the contest, they were all wonderful. We are looking forward to sharing all your photos in the future on our social media channels with shout outs to the members/groups who took them. 

Lion’s Heart in the News – Follow the Leader in OC Parenting Magazine

Teaching young people to become leaders in society, what could be better than that? Check out this great article in OC Parenting Magazine about teen opportunities in Orange County, California. Lion’s Heart was mentioned not only as a great place to gain leadership skills bit also focused on our recent bullying prevention event. Check it out here.

Top Ten Tips for Bullying Prevention

On January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, seventy-five Orange County high school students joined with Lion’s Heart and Project Hear Us Foundation to become leaders in bullying prevention.  These students, who represented thirty local high schools, spent the day learning how to battle bullying and became certified to teach other students how to do so, as well.

So, what did we learn??? Here are ten powerful tips that students learned, and that you can use to prevent bullying in schools and communities:

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1. Take a pledge. Make the commitment to prevent bullying and not tolerate offensive behavior.

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2. Be compassionate. Exercising compassion towards others is a great way to form friendships and earn the trust of others. These students from instructor Amy Smith’s class embodied this mindset, and became fast friends.  

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3. Volunteer in your community. Join an organization, such as Lion’s Heart, to spread compassion and empathy while enriching the lives of others and discovering a new sense of self-worth.

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4. Listen to the experts. Anti-bullying leaders, such as Leigh Steinberg, Making Caring Common, and Project Hear Us Foundation, can offer valuable advice on how to approach bullying prevention and stomp out harmful behavior.

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5. Be informed. Knowledge is power.

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6. Look at both sides of the situation. Understanding the perspective of bullies is a challenging, yet vital part of preventing bullying. If you can put yourself in their shoes, you may see someone who is dealing with personal pain. Bullies need someone to understand their issues, and you can be the one to help them through their struggles in a way that doesn’t involve bullying others. 

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7. Pursue your dream. Fearlessly follow your passions and stand up for what you believe in. Being passionate about something gives you a sense of self and elevates your confidence and strength regardless of what is going on around you. Sharing your passion with others may give them the connection they need and the inspiration to pursue their own dreams.

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8. Believe in yourself. YOU can make a difference! Bullying can be prevented by taking away the power the bully has to affect us. Each and every one of us can change the world.

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9. Act without reacting. We learned that reacting online to cyberbullies makes them even more bold.  It gives them an audience.  But, you’re not powerless.  You can take action by printing the offensive screen (before it disappears), reporting them to instagram/snapchat/facebook/etc., blocking the person, or telling a parent or teacher.   

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10. Never ever give up. There are always kids out there who need your help. Who knows, you could make a friend and save a life!

Giving teens a sense of community and belonging, while teaching them empathy and compassion, is a very important step in the fight against bullying. This program has empowered seventy-five high school students to teach bullying prevention in the middle schools- a great first step in eradicating bullying in the United States, one city at a time. Stay tuned!

Photos by Aaron Regnier Photography

Post written by our super amazing interns:

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Carly Eubanks –

Lion’s Heart Team Blogger and Bullying Prevention Event Intern

Carly is a former Member of Lion’s Heart and currently a Lion’s Heart intern working on our National Bullying Prevention Campaign. She is a senior at Cornell University studying Human Biology, Health & Society, with a minor in Health Policy. Interested in biological/microbiological sciences and healthcare systems, with a passion for research and humanitarianism.

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Kaelyn Lustig –

Lion’s Heart Team Blogger and Marketing and Graphic Design Intern

Kaelyn is a student at Chapman University in Orange, California with an interest in Advertising, Marketing, Graphic Design and Psychology. She has apprenticed for a freelance graphic designer at LynnRae Design doing projects such as logos, brochures, flyers, playbills and business cards. Kaelyn has an extensive background in the arts, including acting in theater, television, and film along with strong skills in mixed media, drawing, and painting.

 

Lion’s Heart Senior Spotlight – Everett J.

Lion’s Heart has made serving the community easy for teenagers like me. Through Lion’s Heart, I have had access to many different service opportunities that I could participate in i.e. Second Harvest Food Bank, NEGU, Relay for Life, Soup Kitchen’s, summer camps, etc…. I was motivated to help others with my service and felt a sense of joy from serving. It is very rewarding to be a servant of others.

Next year, I will be studying Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I am excited to find ways that I can get involved in college and continue to give back to my school and community.

Thank you, Everett, for sharing your story! Everett was a Member of the Foothill Ranch 2016 Boys Blue Group since 2012. Good luck at Cal Poly SLO in the fall!

Lion’s Heart Senior Spotlight – Erin F.

“Volunteering has always been an important part of my life, and it truly has shaped who I am as a person. Having an autistic brother, I have always been aware of those who are less fortunate than me, as well as the importance of giving back. Lion’s Heart has further developed my passion for helping people and given me a wide range of opportunities to give back, get inspired by fellow volunteers, and realize how lucky I am to be in a position to help people rather than need help.

Whenever people have asked me what I would like to do with my life, I have always replied by saying my passion is helping people, and I would like to do something involving that passion. I am confident that volunteering and all that Lion’s Heart has given me will continue to be major parts of my life. I will be attending Northwestern University in the fall, and plan to continue giving back in as many ways as I can, and pursue a career that will also allow me to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Thank you, Erin, for sharing with us. We are so proud to have had you as a Member of Lion’s Heart for the past 6 years. We wish you the best as you continue your journey!

Beautifully written by Erin F.  Erin is a graduating Lion’s Heart member in the Trabuco Canyon/Coto, California chapter 2016 girls blue group and will be attending Northwestern University in Illinois this fall.

For more information on Lion’s Heart see our website lionsheartservice.org.