We’ve been talking about bullying for a few days now and we’ve heard a few different perspectives. Some people don’t have much experience first-hand, some do. In spite of a lack of personal involvement, everyone we’ve talked to understands that bullying is real, and it’s problematic. So what do you do? What do you do when faced with the problem of bullying in our society? You can vow not to bully others. You can vow to stand up for those who are bullied. And you can vow to help others feel good about themselves and feel confident in taking a stand against bullying. That’s exactly what No Mean Girls is trying to do.
HOW DID ‘NO MEAN GIRLS’ GET STARTED?
It involves the story of a little girl named Tianna. She was playing in the park when she saw a heavy-set girl wearing a pair of eyeglasses, playing all by herself. There was a group of girls playing nearby, who were clearly ignoring the girl. The group welcomed Tianna to play but before joining them, Tianna first approached the girl who was playing alone and encouraged her to play too. When Tianna was asked by her grandmother why she approached the girl playing all alone in the park, her answer was “because she did not feel like a princess.” That is how the idea for the website’s name came to be, and how “No Mean Girls” was born.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR PRIMARY GOAL, YOUR MISSION STATEMENT?
“No Mean Girls” has a mission of putting an end to “mean girl” cliques. By encouraging young girls to put aside jealousy, pettiness and name calling, there will be no scenario where some girls are excluded from ‘inner circles’ or popular cliques.
YOU HAVE A WEBSITE, AND ADORABLE ‘NO MEAN GIRLS’ MERCHANDISE THAT IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON YOUR SITE. WHO COMES UP WITH THE DESIGN IDEAS FOR EVERYTHING?
The design ideas actually come from my granddaughter. She designs all of the merchandise.
WHO IS YOUR TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC?
Our ideal age group to reach is girls 6-11.
APART FROM YOUR MERCHANDISE, WHAT ELSE DOES ‘NO MEAN GIRLS’ DO?
No Mean Girls is far more than just a product line; it’s an international community of proud, confident young girls who have dedicated their time and energy to spreading the message of acceptance, friendship, and achievement to those who need it most. Whether they are sending hygiene care packages to underprivileged children in Africa or making friendship bracelets for orphaned girls across the world, the sparkling ambassadors in our ‘No Mean Girls’ tribe are changing the world for the better. When you support us by purchasing our products, we support the future generations of the world!
AND WHERE DO THE MERCHANDISE PROCEEDS GO?
100% of all ‘No Mean Girls’ product sales are poured into our Sparkle and Shine events, which are held across the world to develop our community of tolerance, acceptance, inner beauty, and friendship. We put on these events to teach others how to develop their self-esteem, overcome obstacles, and find their own path to happiness. Your support of our company means that you are supporting positive change for thousands of girls around the world.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED WITH ‘NO MEAN GIRLS’? HOW WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE THEM TO PURCHASE YOUR MERCHANDISE?
Your support of the ‘No Mean Girls’ collection is immensely important; all of our product proceeds are used to improve and increase our events and initiatives around the globe. Many of us have experienced the kindness of others and understand how positive it can be in our lives; we want to pass along that same kindness to girls less fortunate than us through various donations, charitable activities, and our international Sparkle and Shine Events.
The cause of No Mean Girls is clear – creating a global mindset of unity, tolerance, friendship, and generosity so the next generation of young girls will be even stronger than the last. We use the proceeds from our product sales to fund our countless initiatives and events across the globe to inspire, connect, and uplift girls everywhere. By purchasing our stylish and inspiring No Mean Girls products, you can play an active role in positively shaping the future.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER ANTI-BULLYING GROUPS THAT YOU RECOMMEND PEOPLE EXPLORE?We like ‘Mean Stinks’ and ‘Stomp Out Bullying’.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY FOR PEOPLE TO REACH OUT TO YOU, NOT FOR MERCHANDISE, BUT FOR INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE?
People can find us online at nomeangirls.net or contact us at 936-697-2310. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.
*From No Mean Girls Twitter profile: No Mean Girls has a mission of putting an end to mean girl cliques, and helping foster positive #selfesteem and #antibullying.*
WHAT DO YOU SAY OR DO IN YOUR OWN LIFE TO DEMONSTRATE TO KIDS THAT TEASING, HARASSING OR BULLYING OTHERS IS THE WRONG THING TO DO?
I’m now a grandmother but I still teach my grandkids what I taught my daughter, that being mean to others is not cool. I guess that’s why my daughter has taught my grandkids to treat others with empathy and compassion. My granddaughter hates to see other people sad and she goes out of her way to make others feel special in her presence. Her favorite person is Martin Luther Kind Jr and she says she can’t wait to meet him one day in Heaven. She is just an awesome kid!
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