Mission Statement: To End Girl on Girl Bullying
In the summer of 2013, I was working on the computer editing my first book Liberty Lane and the One-Girl Rebelution when my daughter burst into the room and said I needed to see a video some mean girls posted on Facebook about her friend. After watching the terribly cruel and slanderous video, my daughter said we needed to do something to help her friend. Sadly, I told her I didn’t want her to get involved because as a teacher, I saw the revenge girls would take on girls who stood up to them and I didn’t want her to be their next victim. I felt immediately ashamed I told her to do the opposite of what we have always taught her; stand up when you see injustice. It was a defining moment. I told her we would do something but I wasn’t sure what. We began to research girl bullying and found:
1. There really wasn’t a whole lot of resources for teachers, parents or students on girl bullying, (also known as Relational Aggression)
2. Girl bullying was very covert and often difficult to identify.
3. Due to the rise in easily accessible technology daily at the finger tips of girls, they were using technology as a weapon to hurt each other.
4. The cost of girl bullying to the victim were often drastic and literally killing them.
Thus, the concept for The Mean Girl Extinction Project was born.
In 2014, TMGEP became a Federal Non-Profit Organization, hosted its first events in Northern California. Within its first year of existence, TMGEP reached hundreds of girls from middle school to high school through team building for groups like cheerleading squads, documentary viewings, and seminars on girl bullying at summer camps. Since 2014 TMGEP has developed Combat Mean assemblies and workshops, an after school “boot camp” kind club and service projects to combat the mean girl phenomenon.
TMGEP has become a go-to resource for girls, parents and educators on the topic of relational aggression. We know with knowledge comes power. Providing resources, offering workshops, seminars, and ways for girls to get involve in activities that build up and empower them, TMGEP hopes to erase the mean girl mentality and create a kinder community between girls.
For information on our TMGEP programs, how you can get involved or if you want to provide funding for any of these programs, please feel free to have a look around our website!