Who: I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society
What: Mobile youth support system
Where: Port Coquitlam, www.iamsomeone.com
I AM SOMEONE was founded in 2012 by community leaders in Port Coquitlam following the tragic suicides of a number of local youth. Partnered with BC211, I AM SOMEONE has established an innovative texting tool that links youth with the resources they need, how and when they want them.
Canadian research shows that youth send an average of 3400 text messages per month. Youth experiencing issues with bullying may be scared and not know what to do. By sending an anonymous text, youth can access non-judgmental professional support, as well as options, information and referrals to services in their community that can help. I AM SOMEONE and BC211 give the simple solution, just text ‘211’ 2TALK to someone.
Through the Chamber, I AM SOMEONE has has been able to share its message and invite groups and organizations to get involved with the program. Thanks to the funding support of Telus and local Tri-Cities businesses, they were able to host a pilot test late 2014. The pilot was a huge success and revealed the need to expand. The next goal is to offer this service throughout all of British Columbia and across Canada. In order to achieve this goal in 2015/16, it is vital for I AM SOMEONE and BC211 to secure a national partner with the same goals of helping Canadian youth. Are you or someone you know being bullied, feel sad, alone, afraid? Txt ‘211’ 2 TALK to someone.
Erin Moore, Executive Director