University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Freshmen Fight Bullying Management 100 Program Brings Web-based Anti-Bullying Program to Philadelphia Schools

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As part of their first business course, a team of ten students at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School have chosen to help fight bullying in the Philadelphia area by adopting the Bullying Academy anti-bullying program. The students will spend the fall term implementing the free program and awarding the top scoring schools and students.

The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF), today announced it has been selected as a client for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Management 100 program. During October and November, Wharton School undergraduates will introduce, free of charge, The Bullying Academy, a web-based interactive program designed to help elementary and middle school students respond to the dangers associated with bullying and cyber-bullying to Philadelphia-area schools.

The Bullying Academy anti-bullying program was one of more than sixty projects considered by student teams taking Management 100, the foundation leadership course for all Wharton undergraduates. One team has chosen to review the anti-bullying program from a business perspective and promote it in the Philadelphia area. During the semester long project, the Wharton students learn about high performance teams and hone their leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.

“It’s an honor to be a client of Wharton’s Management 100 program where some of the brightest young minds work to solve to some of the nation’s most talked about problems,” says Daryl Hulce, president of CKSF.. “Bullying affects kids at virtually every age and demographic, so the schools are the big winners.”

According to American Justice Department statistics:

  •     Each day as many as 160,000 U.S. children miss school daily because of bullying.
  •     On any given month 1 out of every 4 kids are abused by another youth.
  •     Thirty-five percent of students report hate-related words being used against them.

Administered in part by the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation at Nova Southeastern University's Fischler School of Education, the Bullying Academy’s anti-bullying program directs elementary and middle school students through an Internet based scavenger hunt where they view videos with anti-bullying tips. The students then take online quizzes to see how much they have learned. Students at each school compete as a team to win the Bullying Academy trophy and a visit from the Wharton Management 100 team.

The Bullying Academy’s program runs multiple times throughout the school year, is grant funded and there is no software to purchase or install. The scavenger hunt and quizzes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at http://www.bullyingacademy.org.

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to create scholarly (educational) and scholarship (financial) opportunities in which participants of all levels have a fair and equal chance to participate and be successful. Developed and administered at Nova Southeastern University through the Fischler School of Education, the CKSF awards scholarships through the use of internet-based quiz competitions. Since its first scholarship program in 2000, CKSF has developed a wide variety of scholarship and academic enrichment programs for students of all ages. CKSF administers new contests each month, has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships, has a database of over 600,000 participants and is growing at approximately 500 new students per day.

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