Voice for Vylit was formed by friends and relatives of Vylit Vandergiessen after she took her own life, in part because of her experiences with being bullied. It was our wish to create something that would help steer other children away from feeling they had to do the same, and to turn tragedy into triumph.
After the first meeting, interest seemed to escalate to the point that we felt the need to organize. We met again, elected officers, completed the paperwork and now have become a 501C3 recognized nonprofit organization charged with tackling the problem of bullying in Whatcom County.
As the organization has grown, it has evolved into a ministry to help not just those being bullied but also the bullies themselves. Hurt people often hurt other people and we wanted to provide an avenue of communication to hear their voices as well.
Youth Support Groups Formed
Since our first meeting we have also organized a youth group that will work with the Warriors of Faith Motorcycle Ministry. They will help kids find more positive ways of expression and guide them through mentorship and inclusion, each being “patched in” as official members.
- Young Warriors for Kids aged 6-12: As of this writing, we are still looking for a qualified leader. (If you feel you qualify, please contact us.)
Our goal is to keep our hearts and minds open to God’s call to action. We intend to be a group that is constantly searching and learning how to tackle such a complex problem as bullying. We want to work with school boards . . . not against them. We want to hear everyone’s voice, not just our own.
If you feel led to join us, please contact us so we can welcome you to the team.