be a STAR
For more information, please visit www.beaSTARalliance.org.
“Be a STAR” (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. The mission of “Be a STAR” is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. “Be a STAR” promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.
Currently, “Be a STAR” has 57 alliance members, including National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN), GLAAD, STOMP Out Bullying, The Ad Council and the United Federation of Teachers all partnering together to take action against bullying.
As part of its mission, the alliance unveiled a free anti-bullying curriculum created by NEA HIN and True Educator, Inc. The teacher’s resource aide aligns with national education standards to complement existing mandated curriculums, and consists of nine lesson plans and video clips that teachers can access for free. The curriculum has been downloaded by more than 3,000 educators across the country.
Furthermore, the alliance debuted “Be a STAR” Chapter Toolkits to help schools and communities start their own “Be a STAR” chapters. The free kit includes a guide on how to start a “Be a STAR” chapter, suggested activities, resources, a poster and other useful tools to combat bullying. The chapter toolkit has been downloaded by more than 4,000 students across the country.
Through the “Be a STAR” website, over 25,000 people from all 50 US states and from 91 countries have taken the pledge to end bullying through WWE’s “Be a STAR” program.
In an ongoing effort to spread the word about tolerance and respect, WWE Superstars and Divas visit schools or community centers each month to speak with students about bullying issues while sharing their own personal stories. Additionally, the “Be a STAR” program has had many celebrities and elected public officials attend these events and support “Be a STAR” and the fight against bullying including the Mayor of Los Angeles, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, James Durbin, Micah Jesse, Ryan Ochoa, Trevor Jackson and more.