Who We Are
Don’t Be A Monster is a national anti-bullying campaign founded in 2012. Our mission is simple: we want to educate and empower youth to be leaders in their school around diversity, inclusiveness, and standing up for their friends and peers. We focus on the choices a student can make when it comes to bullying, and how these choices will impact their lives as well as the lives of those around them.
The Don’t Be A Monster campaign partners with local area haunted houses and area nonprofit organizations to deliver 45-minute presentations to middle and high school students. Our program is delivered in the month of October during National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and the Halloween season. Our concept is exciting (students find haunted houses and our iconic character Frank Shelly very cool!) and our content is engaging. This combination of factors ensures students are engaged with our material, which allows them to better understand and connect with the role they may play in both provoking and preventing bullying.
To some, Frank many initially appear to be a monster himself. On the contrary: Frank is not to be seen as a “monster,” but instead as someone who is a little different from everyone else. Bullies, Frank thinks, are the real “monsters.” Frank is a special guest at all presentations, and is always a big hit with the students.
Don’t Be A Monster presentations are energetic and inspiring. Attendees will be challenged to evaluate their understanding of community and how to be more inclusive of those around them. By teaching students concepts like diversity, expanding their social circles, being a leader, and evaluating how they treat themselves and their peers – we feel that bullying will start occurring less in schools. Additionally, students will leave the presentation equipped with the tools they need to have an educated and empathetic discussion around bullying.
Currently, our presentations are held in schools in the cities of Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Waukesha, New York City, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and San Antonio. If you’d like to see one of our presentations in a school or city near you or see how you can become involved with our organization, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“With our presentations we want to create an environment of acceptance in schools. We hope to change the idea that there is an ‘us’ and there is a ‘them.’ Rather, we believe that there is just an ‘us’ all together as one.”
-Jon Love, Co-Founder of Don’t Be A Monster and Owner of House of Torment