Month: October 2012

To The Reader

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Hello again,  

     Please remember that you can tell about your bullying story from now until the next issue is released on November 1st! You can give someone who is bullied hope. To turn in your story, please contact us at couragefortomorrow@yahoo.com. This is also where you can send us any of your comments if you don’t want to post them in public. 

We need to know:

  • What did you like about this issue?
  • What didn’t you like about this issue?
  • What do you want to see more of?
  • Is there anything specific that you want us to include or talk about?

The next issue will be on body/self image, and it will be released on November 1st!

Thank you,

Alex Stepp

Courage for Tomorrow

 

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October is….

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month!! What will you do to stop bullying? Leave your ideas in the comment section, or tell us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CourageForTomorrow.

Hello!

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     Hello, and welcome to Courage for Tomorrow. My name is Alex, and I am the creator of this magazine. I did not come up with the idea for the magazine on my own, though. I was reading Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti when the idea struck. See, the main characters were making a magazine, a newspaper, that would be used to tell the stories of people who were affected by suicide. It was used to remind people that they are not alone. I thought that was a beautiful idea. How great would it be, I thought, if there was a magazine or newspaper that could help people with all conflicts. People could share their stories. I was in love with the idea that I could make something that would make people happy. So, here we are. Honestly, we are barely anything currently. I believe that we are going to grow, though. I believe that we have the power to help people. By “we,” I don’t just mean the magazine. Everyone has the power to help someone, even if it is merely brightening someone’s day. That is my mission.

     This magazine would not be anything without my wonderful writers and my magnificent editor. We won’t go anywhere, though, without you, the viewer. Please, help us spread the message!

     So, remember: someone loves you, even if you don’t know it, and even if you can’t feel it. You are worthy of being the right way, and you deserve nothing less. No one is ever alone. You can always, always, find the courage to face tomorrow. Just know, that through any conflicts that you may have, we will help you in any way we can.

 With hope, Alex Stepp

Courage for Tomorrow

Dedication

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This magazine is dedicated to all of you out there who have been bullied, are still bullied, and yet are still carrying on. You are our inspiration.

We also dedicate this to all of the ones lost to bullying. You are loved and missed.

Inspirational Songs

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Here are several songs that might inspire people who have been hurt emotionally:

1. Forgiven by, Reliant K

2. Peace in the Valley by, Kevin Costner

3. Fin by, Anberlin

4. Love Saves the Day by, Piotr Rubik

5. Savin’ Me by, Nickelback

6. How Deep the Water Runs by, Kevin Costner

7. Unwinding Cable Car by, Anberlin

8. I Was Here by Beyonce

9. Lose Yourself by Eminem

10. Savior – Black Veil Brides

11. Never Give In – Black Veil Brides

12. Second and Sebring – Of Mice and Men

13. Someone Somewhere – Asking Alexandria

14. This Song Saved my Life – Simple Plan

15. You are the Heart – Blood on the Dance Floor

16. The Good Life – Valencia

17. How to Save a Life – The Fray

18. Eyes Open -Taylor Swift

19. Tied Together With a Smile – Taylor Swift

20. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

21. Who You Are – Jessie J

22. This is Love – The Script

23. Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

24. Perfect- P!nk

25. Who Says – Selena Gomez

26. Firework – Katy Perry

27. Hey You – Miranda Cosgrove

28. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

29.  Only You Can Be You – Cymphonique Miller

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the list!

Please, feel free to add more songs! We want to know what songs give you hope.

Better Days

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Better Days

She has her arms around me

pushing

pulling

yanking

screaming

Down I go

helpless

scared

but not alone

I will stand up

I will keep going

I will be determined

to live peacefully

unafraid

gracefully

standing tall

for myself

I will live

I will survive

I will move on

to better days

-Kyla T.

Tomorrow’s Love

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Tomorrow’s Love

Every day we wake into this world with a sense of worry about the day. This worry has been created by the past days of judgment, criticism, and hate. We all see that child that gets bullied every day, but yet nothing ever seems to change. Have you ever imagined yourself in their shoes for the day? I never had to, because that child was me. There would always be someone there teasing me, making jokes because my clothes never had a fancy price tag, and I was never a beauty pageant queen. Being a young child, I could never understand why no one ever wanted to talk to me or be friends. I tried to be the best that I could be, but that never seemed to be enough. Sometimes, I would just sit with my mother and cry, or sit alone and think of ways I could better myself into making their torture stop. My time was wasted; there was no way to change their minds. One day in the beginning of sixth grade, I finally decided enough was enough. I became just like them. I made fun of anyone who was less popular or weaker than me. During that time, I had several times where all I could do was go into nervous breakdowns and cry. I even had a suicide attempt and several cases of self-abuse, such as the word love carved into my arm with a needle, which is even visible today. Once I was finally into my freshman year it was like my eyes had opened into a whole new world. I had gotten to the point where I realized that this life wasn’t healing the scars or creating me into who I wanted to be, and it never would. I changed the way I was, I broke down the walls I had built around me and actually felt as though for the first time I was free. Now I try to stand up for the kids being bullied, yet I try to help the ones bullying them, too. I hope one day kids will see that not everything in this world is about having the most money, the best looks according to the standards of society, or the newest technology. Next time you see a child that is emotionally in need, spend a few minutes from your day and help them. We can show children this world does still have some love and peace in it. Together, we can bring hope of a better tomorrow and future back into our lives.

–Elizabeth Moore