Community Matters Blog

Read our blog posts below by Rick Phillips, Executive Director, staff members and guest bloggers, as they discuss the issues of bullying, cyberbullying and school climate.

Bully movie opens Friday, March 30th - Waking Up Courage is the Solution to Stopping Bullying
March 27 2012

Bully movie opens Friday, March 30th - Waking Up Courage is the Solution to Stopping Bullying

The new movie “Bully” opens March 30th in major cities nationwide. The film documents bullying between real kids and outlines the extent of the bullying epidemic. But solutions do exist – in the form of programs like Safe School Ambassadors that awaken the courage of bystanders to speak up when they see bullying occur.

Rick Phillips Speaks On Bullying at the Clinton School of Public Service
August 26 2011

Rick Phillips Speaks On Bullying at the Clinton School of Public Service

In this video presentation, Rick Phillips, Executive Director of Community Matters, speaks about solutions to the bullying epidemic at The Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Safe School Ambassadors school nationally recognized for its tolerance efforts
May 31 2011

Safe School Ambassadors school nationally recognized for its tolerance efforts

Mesa Linda Middle School in Victorville, CA was recognized as a “Mix It Up” Model School by the Teaching Tolerance Project.

Rick Phillips - Keynote Speaker at the National School Board Association Conference
April 11 2011

Rick Phillips - Keynote Speaker at the National School Board Association Conference

Rick Phillips presented a two-hour keynote at the National School Board Association’s 71st Annual Conference on Saturday, April 8, held at the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center.

SSA program Evaluation Report shows positive results
April 7 2011

SSA program Evaluation Report shows positive results

A multi-year evaluation of the Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) program has been completed, with some very exciting and gratifying results.

We Can Do Something About Bullying!
March 11 2011

We Can Do Something About Bullying!

On Thursday, March 10, President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama hosted in the White House East Room, a first-ever White House Summit on Bullying.

Dateline NBC “My Kid Would Never Bully”
March 9 2011

Dateline NBC “My Kid Would Never Bully”

On March 6 at 7pm, Dateline NBC aired a captivating program about bullying, that I encourage everyone to watch.

February 17 2011

Community Matters posts two actions on MTV’s “Draw Your Line”

Community Matters, along with Hollywood stars like Justin Bieber, took a stand against cyberbullying and school bullying by posting two actions on MTV’s “Draw Your Line”, a virtual map tracking actions taken across the United States to stop digital abuse.

Rick Phillips visits Capitol Hill
January 21 2011

Rick Phillips visits Capitol Hill

CM Executive Director Rick Phillips will speak in front of Congressional Officials on Friday, January 21 in Washington, D.C. More than 50 participants from legislative offices, national education organizations and federal agencies will attend the briefing.

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