The P.A.R.T.I. Program (Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact) believes that our children are our community’s greatest assets. Every day we work to change the lives of youth who suffer from bullying, depression, violent lifestyles, unhealthy relationships, and unstable families. We provide support activities for many low-income and underrepresented youth who otherwise never receive an opportunity to be heard or get placed in leadership roles in their school. PARTI Program believes leadership and service should be the common expectation and experience of all young people. See our Programs on the website.
Thank you, City Of San Jose for your support and recognition!
Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmember Sylvia Arenas, and the rest of the San Jose City Council recognized the PARTI program with a beautiful Proclamation in appreciation of the powerful and positive impact our anti-bullying program makes in our community.
The ExPosure Charity Event!
2018 Silicon Valley Bullying Prevention Training
Our thanks to the experts and thought leaders who volunteered as presenters for the Silicon Valley Bullying Prevention Training on September 25, 2018. The event proved to be a great success and we were in awe of their professionalism and commitment to providing valuable training for the benefit of the public. We look forward to offering the event again in 2019!
Thank you, Kaiser Permanente, Playground Studios, Dennis Brown, and youth who shared your story in order to bring this video to life!
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Personally, I can’t say that I’ve received the brunt of bullying before. Small instances, sure, but at this point in time, I haven’t experienced what bullying really is. However, several of my closest friends have. One was told multiple times that she had “a beer belly” when she was only 11. Another was exploited and pushed down endlessly at her weakest point. Another got into a fairly unhealthy relationship whose mental detriments stuck with her for months on end. No, I haven’t personally experienced any true bullying, but seeing other people in my own community be tormented is something that I can’t continue to watch. While bullying is something that a lot of my classmates believe “isn’t a problem” for us, it is one of our biggest setbacks. I’ve seen the mental effects; the loss of confidence, the consistent anxiety, the depression, and I refuse to let it continue on.” – Addison
”Well basically when I was in 5th grade I joined a new school and I got the typical new kid bully treatment. I thought it’d get better once I settled down but it still went on for a while. In 8th grade, it started up again with 2 boys who bullied me all the time.I wasn’t too fazed by it. I was just really pissed off and even when I told the teachers it still went on so I just kept quiet. In 9th grade, both those boys left the school so since then I haven’t been bullied.” – Anadil
“Ever since I was young I’ve been very scrawny and weak looking, though my bullying experiences have mostly been verbal, they’ve always affected my confidence in my looks and self-worth ever since. People in school and even relatives would constantly talk about how weak I look and would even question my sexuality even though I’d never acted or dressed questionably but simply because I didn’t see a need to look masculine. This affected my teenage life significantly as I would constantly feign illnesses so that I didn’t have to leave for school because I didn’t want to be seen or judged by anybody. To this day I constantly wear hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants and such to hide my physical insecurities and would feel tremendous anxiety doing simple everyday tasks such as crossing the road or walking in a crowd because I feel vulnerable in fear that everyone would judge my appearance even if they did not. I learned to cover up the pain of hearing these things by laughing along or even insulting myself, however, I am fully aware that it destroys my self-worth and my ability to socialize as I just want to keep to myself where nobody can make fun of me.” – Jervis
“I wanted to share my experiences with bullying. In the 5th grade, I didn’t have many friends. Maybe 5 or 6 that I considered to be friends. Then, a girl of that friend group (let’s call her Hailey) told all of my other friends not to talk to me. Soon I had no friends. I spent recess alone, hiding under the playground equipment. At lunch, I begged my teacher to let me come in so that I could grade papers because anything was better than lunch. At lunch, nobody sat with me. I had an entire table all to myself. The rest of the class would sit really close together and almost squish themselves so that they didn’t have to sit near me. This went on for a few months. They talked about me behind my back and used code words to say bad stuff about me in front of me. It was a really dark time… but finally, I got one of my teachers to handle it. When that happened, Hailey just ranted about how much she hated me in front of me. Despite all of this, I forgave her in the end. Now, Hailey and I are not friends, but we still see each other sometimes.” – Leigh
“I admired one of the other participant’s courage and growth because she spoke to me about the past of being a victim of bullying. I feel good about myself being able to spread the message of stopping violence & being able to be a role model for others. Thank you for bringing me into PARTI. You have become a big positive influence in my life. I have been able to grow so much through the program and it has helped me gain a great amount of confidence in myself which I can honestly say, I lacked when I was first was brought into the program. I am so much more vocal and social. I have found it so much easier to be in front of crowds. I feel like I have grown a lot because of you & your program. Thank you.” – Jasmine
“Coming into this school there were many fights and problems amongst other students, but ever since this program was brought to our school there has been less fights and situations. This program helps me have a voice and be heard so we don’t end up like other communities where they feel they need to cause destruction and be violent to get someone to listen to them. I am thankful I got to help.“ – Leslie
“What is unique about our program is that it is the only one of its kind in the Bay Area and our programs join up with other programs.” – Kevin