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Who are we?
heresa Johnson, founder and CEO of Tear Bear is a child abuse survivor and advocate; she has dedicated 20 years of her life to increasing abuse awareness. Her key phrase, “It’s OK to Tell” is a call to people everywhere to disarm abusers’ primary weapon of secrecy. From her knowledge and studies of various faucets of abuse, Ms. Johnson has elected to target bullying in schools with her “”School’s In, Bullies Out Tour.” To learn more about TearBear, visit www.tearbear.org
BAREFEET ENTERTAINMENT, LLC Founded in 2001,in spirit & truth by one of the music industry’s most gifted song writing duos, Barefeet Entertainment, LLC has secured it’s position as an indpendent force in today’s competitive music market. Co-Founder’s 1stBorn and Middle Child began with a vision, a vision that together, they may somehow alter the plane of music for the better, by maintaining the classic energy they grew up on in the eighties and being innovative in their own right as the Barefeet Family who believes every good song begins with raw talent and a genuine love for the craft of music. Growing up in the small town of Youngstown, Ohio, the brother/ sister writing team understudied the Ohio Players’ Billy Beck, learning the mastery of songwriting and production. 1stBorn, the eldest brother of 3 formed the family’s singing group known as “SB2”. The trio established their first affiliation with a record label, Gotta Flo’ Records in the mid ‘90’s, traveling throughout the Midwest gracing stages with their folk-popsoul sound, with a blend of intricate harmonies captivating thousands along the way. From there, 1stBorn went on to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he founded a quartet, “Perfect Timing.” There, he honed his skills as a crooner, and live entertainer. After a few years, the group disbanded. In moving forward with his ambitions, 1st headed west to California to pursue a solo career. During this time discovered his skills as a musician & producer. After a short time, he knew music production was his calling. With a composer’s approach, he has constructed his gift into a unique sound that can now only be recognized as the Barefeet sound. ■
1st Born Music Group in conjunction with Barefeet Entertainment houses a record label, a music production company, and a performing arts organization. This organization took an interest in the Tear Bear, Inc. cause in 2012 and has been working with Ms. Johnson to assist in promoting the mission of Tear Bear, Inc. through its collective services. To learn more about 1st Born Music Group, visit www.1stbornmusicgroup.com. Kevin L. is the liaison for Tear Bear, Inc. and works directly with schools as a motivational speaker, as well as in the performing arts. He is the connecting factor between lecturing and activities with the youth and the performing arts of 1st Born Music Group. To learn more about Kevin L, visit his site at www.souledoutcd.com. DPI Graphic Design has been providing a diverse client base since 2002 with creative graphic and customized business solutions. DPI is the media sponsor for Atlanta based publication, Trendsetters to Trendsetters Magazine andhas a client base spanding from the midwest to several southern states. DPI has one mission in mind: creating functional, dynamic graphics and web applications — that produce results and meet client needs. It's that simple. To learn more about DPI, visit www.dpigraphicdesign.com Together, these companies have organized a tour in which the artists currently contracted to 1st Born Music Group, in cooperation with Kevin L., will publicize and promote the Tear Bear, Inc. mission to a regional community of schools and universities. The tour should span a minimum of 10 cities and 20 performance dates, respectively.
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TEAR BEAR, INC MISSION STATEMENT
To combat and help eliminate all forms of abuse with an emphasis on children, elderly and animals by creating more awareness of all forms of abuse and the secrecy that allows the abuse to continue. OBJECTIVE Tear Bear, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded to provide awareness for abused individuals; implement youth programs, encourage people in various communities to become more pro-active and unafraid to alert authorities even if there is a suspicion of abuse. The intent is to give support and help individuals of all ages and be an advocate on community projects dealing with abuse. The vision is to also strive to put forward and develop programs that are customized to bringing more awareness to abuse and prevention. Our motto: tear Bear Says “It’s Ok To Tell” Let’s Stop All Abuse and connecting individuals with the national hotline numbers for every abuse. Tear Bear, Inc. will provide Tear Bears to be used as a mascot and educational tool against bullying, stranger danger, peer pressure, date rape and even college illegal hazing that often lead to harm. ■
Other bullying statistics: •
Over half, about 56 percent, of all students have witnesses a bullying crime take place while at school. • A reported 15 percent of all students who don't show up for school report it to being out of fear of being bullied while at school. • There are about 71 percent of students that report bullying as an on-going problem. • Along that same vein, about one out of every 10 students drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying. • One out of every 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school. • Some of the top years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders in which 90 percent were reported as victims of some kind of bullying. • Other recent bullying statistics reveal that 54 percent of students reported that witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school. • Among students of all ages, homicide perpetrators were found to be twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied previously by their peers. There are about 282,000 students that are reportedly attacked in high schools throughout the nation each month. ■
he bullying statistics 2010 reveal that bullying is a crime that is not going away anytime soon. There are about 160,000 children that miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. Bullying statistics 2010 also report an increase in cyberbullying activities. New bullying statistics released in 2010 are showing that bullying is still a problem among children and teens, but is taking on a different approach with cyberbullying becoming more and more rampant in school and after school among teens and children. Social networking has provided an entirely new environment for bullying to take place. According to bullying statistics 2010, there are about 2.7 million students being bullied each year by about 2.1 students taking on the roll of the bully. ■
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uicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death among children under the age of 14. Bullycide is a term used to describe suicide as the result of bullying. New bullying statistics 2010 are reporting that there is a strong connection between bullying, being bullied and suicide, according to a new study from the Yale School of Medicine. Suicide rates are continuing to grow among adolescents, and have grown more than 50 percent in the past 30 years. Bullying can include various types of behavior from physical attacks, to destroying one's personal property or clothing, verbal abuse, starting rumors, name calling, verbal attacks online as well as other forms of cyberbullying. For teens and children who feel they are being bullied, it is important to address the matter with a parent or teacher right away. It may feel like you are telling on someone for doing something wrong, and that admission might get you in trouble with the bully later. However, this is not the case. In the majority of cases when a bully is reported, the bullying stops because the bully is faced with dire repercussions or they are sent away to a juvenile detention center. If you see bullying occur, it is just as important to tell a trusted adult about the situation. There are many ways to try and prevent bullying from getting worse and by reporting incidents, you can help cut down on future cases of bullying involving other victims. Maintaining a strong sense of self and good overall self-esteem is another way to ensure you won't be a victim of bullying attacks since bullies generally only prey on those they feel are weaker than them. This is also why it is important to have a solid group of friends that will have your back if a bully does try to attack in some way. Parents, be sure to talk to your children and teens about bullying and how to prevent it from happening to them or their peers. Make sure they know the importance of reporting such incidents and ways to handle a bully. Tear Bear, Inc., Barefeet Entertainment, 1st Born Music Group and DPI Graphic Design needs you support in bringing forth this worthy endeavor schools across the country. Please consider helping us help thousands of children deal with this ugly epidemic...bullying.
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INDEPENDENT RHYTHM AND PRAISE ARTIST
Middle Child Drifta
Drifta, Middle Child, Kimistry Maestro, Valynncia and Gene Bacon are managed through 1st Born Music Group and Barefeet Entertainment, LLC.
Valynncia MEDIA KIT - SCHOOLâ€™S IN, BULLIES OUT TOUR
st Born Music Group in conjunction with Barefeet Entertainment houses a record label, a music production company, and a performing arts organization. This organization took an interest in the Tear Bear, Inc. cause in 2012 and has been working with Ms. Johnson to assist in promoting the mission of Tear Bear, Inc. through its collective services. ■
heresa Johnson, founder and CEO of Tear Bear is a child abuse survivor and advocate; she has dedicated 20 years of her life to increasing abuse awareness. Her key phrase, “It’s OK to Tell” is a call to people everywhere to disarm abusers’ primary weapon of secrecy. From her knowledge and studies of various faucets of abuse, Ms. Johnson has elected to target bullying in schools with her “”School’s In, Bullies Out Tour.” ■
. Miller, 4 Millers Entertainment (4ME), has been planning events for more than 25 years. Events include concerts, crime victim related training, community awareness events, building dedications, weddings and fashion shows. She is best know for the Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance, a training event for victim service providers she has been planning since 2004. ■
Theresa Johnson ▼
erek Payne is the owner of DPI Graphic Design. DPI has assisted several charities, religious organizations and non profits across the country establish professional online and business appearances. He is a graduate of Alcorn State University and Southern University Lab High School, both affiliated within the HBCU community. He has been involved with Tear Bear since its inception and fully supports the Tear Bear mission! ■
Marketing/PR Agent: s a Prosperity Adviser, Heather L. Tapia has supported 1000s of individuals and business owners to achieve clarity and abundance in both their personal and professional lives. A graduate of Otterbein University and founder of www.PurposeforWomenInternatio nal.org she is committed to embracing and sharing the causes of Tear Bear.org with the nation and internationally. "The Universe is Listening ~ Give it a shout OUT!"
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