An Anti-Bullying Project

Have you (or someone you love)
been bullied, harassed, made fun of, or threatened
at school, in your neighborhood, or online
because of who you are?

Share your story . . . by sharing your shoes

You’ve heard the stories in the news: teenagers committing suicide as a result of being bullied. Unfortunately, bullying is not a random or isolated problem. And it is growing.

Bullying happens when a person or group repeatedly and intentionally hurts or scares another person, and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Bullying includes a wide variety of behaviors, such as physical violence or threats of violence, malicious teasing, name-calling, stealing belongings, spreading rumors, and campaigning for others to exclude or ridicule the individual as well.

One of the steps toward addressing a problem is raising awareness, helping people to see the scope of the situation and the number of people involved. With this in mind we have created a display of shoes that travels to area schools, churches, or other organizations to help people visualize the experiences of children and teens affected by bullying.

All middle school and high school students who feel they have been bullied are invited to submit a pair of shoes to the project, preferably an old pair they no longer wear. They may decorate these shoes in whatever manner they wish, and we will attach different color shoelaces for different reasons people are bullied, such as race and ethnicity, ability or disability, LGTBQ issues, gender expression, appearance, or simply for being one’s self. All information is anonymous.

If you are a student, click on Share Your Shoes to learn how you can participate.

If you would like to support the project, click on Support the Cause to learn how you can donate money or resources.

If you are interested in promoting In Our Shoes in your area, click on Start A Chapter.

In Our Shoes is an initiative of the youth of King Street United Church of Christ, Danbury CT
and is a Signature Partner of the Connecticut Conference’s Youth & Young Adult Ministries.