Because of the recent alarming increase of tragic suicides among youths, the direct result of repeated harassment and taunting of school children, the United States Department of Education (DOE) released a nationwide appeal to Boards of Education addressing the growing harmful issue in our schools: bullying. Many states have now signed the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” to help ensure the physical and emotional well-being of today’s youth. Approximately 160,000 students in America and more worldwide avoid school each day because of the fear of bullying and 60 to 80 percent of schoolchildren face harassment intimidation.
Author, Jennie Withers has written a guide for teens about bullying prevention as well as a helpful guide for teens seeking employment.
“I hope you think my writing is helpful,” says Jennie. “Writing allows me to combine my two passions: writing and teaching. I am a firm believer in talking straight with young people about what it takes to become a successful person in a crazy world. I don’t talk down to teens and I put it all out there. In other words, I write for teens with the belief that they are, or can be, mature, intelligent and independent people.”
‘Hey, Get a Job!’ covers information on getting and keeping a job for teens and other first time workers. ‘Hey, Get a Job!’ includes:
- Labor laws for minors
- Creative ways to find jobs
- Completing an application
- Cover letter and resume correctly
- Preparing for the interview
- Previewing post hire procedures
- Knowing workplace expectations
- Understanding a good versus bad employer
- Managing hard earned money
- Getting answers to frequently asked questions.
A Teacher’s Edition which includes lesson plans, reproducibles, IRS forms, a Workplace Expectations PowerPoint and ‘Hey, Get a Job!’ to project via computer is also available. ‘Hey, Get a Job!’ is the only comprehensive resource available for teens and others looking to join the workforce. ‘Hey, Get a Job!’ has been adopted by the state of Idaho for its Vocational Technical curriculum, and it has been adopted by various districts for Technical Writing and Special Education programs, and by non-profit teen transition programs.
Helping Teens Find Jobs
Bullying among teens is epidemic. Many teens are harassed on a daily basis by mean text messages(cyber bullying), sexual harassment, teasing (verbal) , hitting or punching (physical) and some are guilty of harassment without knowing they are perpetrators of illegal acts. Now teens will understand that bullying can have serious long-term consequences on self-esteem and be the root of antisocial behaviors, dropping out of school, health problems and even suicide.
Hey, Back Off! by Withers and Hendrickson is the first comprehensive teen guide to harassment prevention. It uses narrative real life examples and stories that are relatable to teens, while incorporating strategies and coping tips for not only teens, but also parents and educators to help stem this growing epidemic that is affecting 60-80 percent of school children.
Jennie Withers (www.jenniewithers.com) is a graduate of Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, and currently teaches Technical Reading and Writing and Creative Writing at the high school level. As well as her teen guides, Hey, Back Off! and Hey, Get a Job! she has published or contributed to articles in TWIST magazine, Boy’s Life magazine, Family Circle magazine and Treasure Valley Teen magazine among others. She lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband and two daughters.
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