It takes a whole community to stop bullying, and Albuquerque has created an innovative model of collaboration breaking down traditional barriers between institutions to address this challenge.
A unique coalition between the Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation Department and the University of New Mexico’s LGBTQ Resource Center created community wide awareness campaigns focusing on the importance of bystanders standing up against bullying. In its first year, the DJST Taskforce engaged more than 10,000 students and adults in various activities including community wide flash mobs, public service announcements, marches and panel discussions. In addition, a website was created to make available local and national bullying prevention resources to school staff, students, parents and community agencies. The website www.abqsafeschools.org is now seen as a major resource throughout New Mexico as well as in other states.