Reginald Jeffries works with the Mayor of Danville on initiatives that impact young people, such as anti-bullying.
“I was attending a community event, and I saw a young man,” said Jeffries, a Youth Ambassador for the City of Danville. “He unfortunately could not afford the nicer clothes as the other students. They gathered around him and were picking on him. They were just really creating a big scene, and I was able to step in and grab that young man out of that situation.”
Jeffries recalled taking a walk with the bullying victim and giving him advice.
“We just kind of talked about things and encouraged him that what you’re going through right now is only temporary and that if you keep your eye on the sun, you can see how bright your future can be.”
Mayor Alonzo Jones is working with the Police Department and City Manager to launch an app that will allow anyone in Danville to report bullying and protect loved ones.
“The persons that they’re bullying have family members,” said Jones. “They have friends, and people who love you don’t want to see you go through that. So what’s happening is, what’s happening in the community is now you’ve got more people wanting to get involved to resolve this matter.”
He drew inspiration from a similar anti-bullying app, specifically for Danville students.
The Danville school system uses an app called STOPit where students can report incidents of bullying. They just enter their school’s unique code, and they’re ready to file a report.
“With everybody on board,” said parent Marvin Martin, “the principals, our youth, teachers, just our everyday citizens, if everyone gets involved, then we can really cut down on the amount of bullying that goes on, because I see it every single day.”