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National Respect Tour Begins: Back-to-School Tips on How to End Disrespect Like Bullying, Sexting and Dating Violence

Youth Respect Rallies, Parent Workshops, Corporate Trainings from Coast to Coas

San Jose, CA, September 26, 2011 --( The Respect Institute, whose mission is to teach youth and their influencers how to build self-respect and end the cycles of disrespect so they can thrive, will be kicking off its 6-city National Respect Tour (Miami, Houston, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Columbia, Maryland and Silicon Valley). More than 4,000 educators, community stakeholders, parents and youth to learn skills to spread respect and improve their impact as leaders.

Courtney Macavinta, President of The Respect Institute will also be doing media appearances to offer parents and teachers respect back-to-school tips including The Respect Basics, such as Set Boundaries and Get Help, so they can begin to turn around growing epidemics among youth such as bullying, sexting and teen dating violence. The wave of the shocking suicides by young adults, teens and tweens, who were allegedly being bullied and sexually harassed, have many parents, schools and communities reeling about how to stop the tide. In response, the Respect Rally shows youth how to respect others and how to work together to make sure all people are respected.

“Disrespect is all too often at the heart of issues that hold youth back. Respect is the remedy,” says Courtney. “Our youth today struggle even more with setting boundaries, feeling safe in their schools, communities and online and creating healthy relationships. We help youth, and their parents, navigate through all of these topics with concrete tools and resources to help them have healthy lives and be leaders of social change.”

Among Courtney’s RESPECT back-to-school tips for parents and educators:

· Create a Respect Pact with your family and school community about how you’ll treat each other and what you’ll do if you see someone being bullied, for example.
· Set Goals Together because Follow Your Passions is a Respect Basic. When youth have clear goals to reach their dreams their self-respect blossoms and they build up resiliency to negative peer pressure.
· Practice The Respect Basics together using the Institute’s free guide, 8 Ways to Change Your World Inside and Out, which includes exercises and lessons.

About The Respect Institute
The Respect Institute is a national organization that gives youth and their influencers the tools to build self-respect and spread respect as leaders with programs including: The Respect Rally, a summit for middle school, high school or college students; training and program guides for youth influencers working in jails, rehabilitation centers, foster or group homes and shelters; workshops for parents on hot topics like bullying and communication; and train-the-trainers to teach partners how to integrate The Respect Rally and Respect: Keep It Going! Kit, a 12-week program, into their own programs. To learn more about The Respect Institute or the National Respect tour, go to:

Courtney Macavinta is Co-Founder and President of The Respect Institute. She is a national speaker for organizations like YPO-WPO and TEDx, is the co-author of the best-selling book for teens RESPECT, and has been featured by CNN, USA Today, National Public Radio, Teen Vogue and other international media.

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