If you’re not familiar with Boom Boom! Cards, it’s a deck of 26 cards, each with an altruistic deed printed on it that you ‘pay forward’. Each card has a registration number so you and the next person (and the person after that) can track the card online.
The Teen Deck is aimed at 13-18 year olds and encourages intentional acts of kindness for family and friends, at school or at home.
So how does it work? Here’s the official word: “For those ready to take a stand against bullying, Card #26 provides a great start: The next time it’s necessary, stand up for someone who is being made fun of. Yet, cracking jokes at someone else’s expense isn’t the only type of bullying found in schools. Social isolation and peer pressure are also prevalent. These types of group bullying can be confronted by a simple act of kindness, like the one on Card #18: Ask someone who is alone at lunch or break to join you.
The best part? The cards not only get you thinking about your own behaviors – they encourage you to motivate other teens to become “Agents of Altruism.” You can register your deck on the Boom Boom! website so that when you pass along your cards, you can track how far your positive trend setting spreads within your community and beyond!
What do you think is the best way to fight back against bullying – and spread kindness? We’d love to hear your own creative solutions! You can get inspired by this story about how one Colorado teen handled Card #3: Leave a note telling someone why the world is a better place with them in it…
I was given this boom boom card from my Rangeview Deca teacher. I put a note in my best friend’s backpack because I had noticed that she had been going through some personal issues, I figured that it may help her through her problem. The note said that she was too beautiful to be worried about any relationship , too young and bright to be upset over a person who isn’t treating her the way she wanted to be. To keep her head up and remember that through all the hard times I would be there for her. When she found it I was walking down the hallway and she ran up to me almost in tears and gave me the biggest hug. Saying how thankful she was that I would do something like that and saying she really needed and appreciated it. It filled my heart with joy to see her so happy, with a smile on her face because I hate seeing her upset and I was beyond happy that I could do that for her. I felt like for a split second I made a difference, and that felt good.
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