Filed Under: Art, Fund for Women & Girls, General, Vibrant Community, Youth - Posted by Gina Anstey, Director of The Fund for Women & Girls @ 3:18pm
On January 30th, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and the Fund for Women & Girls (FFW&G) in partnership with Annie Wright Schools hosted a free community screening of "Finding Kind", a documentary on female bullying. "Finding Kind" documents two young female friends who travel across America to expose the truth behind girl-against-girl bullying. Filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson set out to learn why girls bully. In the process they discovered every girl they encountered had at some point been bullied, but each had also bullied others. Audience members were privy to very personal moments as young girls across the country spoke about their experiences in a video "confessional."
The Community Foundation and the FFW&G were able to fulfill our respective roles as community convenors, bringing a diverse group of people together to watch the film and have a conversation around the issue. Community groups included: Hilltop Artists: Arts Connect; Pierce County Housing Authority; Tacoma Community House; Girls Scouts; Alpha Kappa Alpha Emerging Young Leaders; Metro Parks; and Ford, Gray, Baker, Stewart, Mason and First Creek middle schools.
More than 300 people attended the community screening. Each one participated in completing Apology,
Kind and Pledge cards as part of the "Kind Campaign" and left with the knowledge that, "the intent of the Kind Campaign is not to point fingers, because that too contributes to the vicious cycle, but rather to put ourselves in each other's shoes, and to make a change by spreading kindness, compassion, and understanding."
"They should show 'Finding Kind' at every school in Tacoma. No, every school in Washington. Actually, they should show it at every school in the United States," shared one of the young girls attending with Hilltop Artists.
Learn more about "Finding Kind" and join the "Kind Campaign" at: www.findingkind.com