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Building Kind Schools and Communities


On October 22, 2006, our beloved Jeremiah ended his life here on earth at age 21 years. He wrote that he no longer wanted to live “in a world where people were so cruel”.  He also wrote several pages describing the bullying he endured during his school years stating that it left him “with no self esteem and feeling like a loser”. You can read more here.

Jeremiah’s mother, Ann Gettis, returned to college and completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Community Violence Prevention.  She continued on to receive her M.A. in Community Psychology with a focus on bullying and violence prevention.  Ann also became a certified trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. She has some education in the Circle Process and Restorative Practices, as well.

In 2011 Jeremiah’s family formed the 501(c)(3) public charity, Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness whose mission is to foster kind and respectful schools and communities. We offer education, training and consultation to schools, educators, students, parents, faith-based, youth & adult groups, civic, health, government and community agencies and organizations.  Learn more about our work here.

Our friend, Ben, explains an activity he enjoyed. :) Thank you, Ben!!! :)

What We Do

Our mission: To foster kind and respectful homes, schools and communities.

Our goals are to ensure that:

1. Children and adults feel safe, cared for and valued in their schools and communities through kind and respectful healthy relationships with others and the world around them.

2. All children have the knowledge, skills and confidence to follow their dreams, to cope with life’s challenges and to use their gifts to make this world a better place.

 Programs, services and activities to accomplish these goals:

  1. Presentations and workshops for youth and adults
  2. Training for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
  3. Choosing Kindness Kronicles Newsletter
  4. Facebook page www.facebook.com/jeremiahshopeforkindness
  5. Website –www.jeremiahshopeforkindness.org
  6. Choosing Kindness Toolkit for families, schools, workplaces, organizations and communities
  7. Choose Kindness Clubs
  8. Operation Kids Choosing Kindness
  9. Choosing Kindness: Fostering safe and caring schools (a guidebook for those interested in effectively addressing and preventing bullying and violence). 
  10. Support groups for those who experience and care about stopping bullying and violence
  11. First Saturdays for Kindness- a monthly gathering of those  interested in building a kinder, gentler world for our children through spreading kindness, promoting equal rights for all, peaceful parenting, restorative practices and community building is welcome to these gatherings. :)

For more information on any of our programs or activities, please email us at jeremiahshopefk@gmail.com

If preventing bullying and stopping the cycle of violence that permeates our society is important to you, please support our work by clicking on the Paypal button at the very bottom of the page. Thank you so much.

Jeremiah Gettis, 21 years old, September 3, 2006

In loving memory of our precious Jeremiah.