The Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition
9350 South 150 East #580
Sandy, UT 84070
Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition
The Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition (UABC) is a group of business, education and community leaders who are coming together in an effort to make a positive difference to this persistent social problem. It is our desire to help establish a climate in Utah schools where bullying, in any of its forms, is neither accepted nor tolerated. We believe that every child, regardless of race, religion, physical appearance, athletic or academic abilities, sexual orientation or any number of other factors, deserves to feel safe and welcome at school.
The Utah State Office of Education estimates that one in five Utah school students is significantly negatively impacted by bullying, and that fully 80 percent of students regularly witness an act of bullying but do nothing about it.
We believe the most effective initiatives of this nature are student-led, and so our program is based on working first with students to establish a welcoming and inclusive culture and climate in Utah schools. To that end, our mission is to empower students, educate parents and support educators.
Our board of directors currently consists of some of Utah’s prominent business and education leaders including Gail Miller (Owner, Larry H. Miller Group), Jay Francis (Larry H. Miller Group), Stan Parrish (President, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce), Mac Christensen (Founder, Mr. Mac), Bob Henrie (Partner/Principal, R&R Partners), Don Olsen (UABC Executive Director), Jan England (C.R. England), Dan Jones (Dan Jones & Associates), Darrell Brown (President, Bonneville International), Tibby Milne (Utah Council for Crime Prevention), Dawn Davies (President, Utah PTA), Charlie Luke (Salt Lake City Council), Pam Hayes (Safe2Help), Bob Linnell (former Bountiful City Mayor) and the Utah Jazz Bear.
We are working with more than 30 schools in eight school districts this school year to provide curricula, training, tip lines, motivational assemblies and/or collateral material. Further, we encourage every school with which we work to establish an “acts of kindness” program: students and teachers can report random acts of kindness on the school’s tip line or the UABC website. At the end of every month, the school holds a drawing and participants are awarded prizes provided by the Coalition.
Bonneville International and Deseret Digital Media have joined the UABC as our media partners.
Zions Bank President & CEO, A. Scott Anderson, commented
"There are a number of anti-bullying initiatives in existence that are experiencing varying degrees of success, but none has shown such remarkable progress in such a relatively short period of time as UABC. The significant added bonus is that these accomplishments have come at no expense to the schools and students it has helped."