Camel Pro­ject tak­ing aim at elim­i­nat­ing bul­ly­ing

Pro­ject sup­ports youths and adults who have been bul­lied, called names, tagged with a la­bel, or put into a box

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Pamela S. Gock­ley, founder at The Rep­u­ta­tion Learn­ing Cen­ter at Kutz­town Univer­sity, is launch­ing The Camel Pro­ject to sup­port youths and adults who have been bul­lied, called names, tagged with a la­bel, or put into a box.

The pro­gram is based on Gock­ley’s third book, “Not All Camels are in the Desert,” and fol­lows the core Pil­lars of Rep­u­ta­tion: 1st Im­pres­sion, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Net­work. The first pro­gram is called, Stop Bul­ly­ing – I Care.

The Camel Pro­ject is an ex­am­i­na­tion of one’s body lan­guage, words and be­hav­iors and how to choose peo­ple for a sup­port “bub­ble”. It be­gins with the base­line “who are you?” Gock­ley takes that in­for­ma­tion and builds a cus­tom­ized plan with com­mon sense steps to fol­low. Most peo­ple are re­lieved to find that the pro­gram is easy to un­der­stand and im­ple­ment. Be­cause stick­ing to the pro­gram can be tricky, Gock­ley out­lines strate­gies and tech­niques to iden­tify and de­fine a healthy sup­port sys­tem.

“The Camel Pro­ject fo­cuses on build­ing con­fi­dence through self-aware­ness. The end goal is to find one’s au­then­tic self, with the help of a healthy net­work of sup­port­ive peo­ple. We fo­cus on pro­vid­ing tools for a healthy tool box that youth and adults can use when needed,” says Gock­ley.

The pro­gram is de­signed for schools and other youth­based or­ga­ni­za­tions, where stu­dents host and en­cour­age oth­ers to par­tic­i­pate and help elim­i­nate bul­ly­ing by rais­ing aware­ness and show­ing why bul­ly­ing is so­cially un­ac­cept­able be­hav­ior in our so­ci­ety.

Gock­ley, an ex­pert in Rep­u­ta­tion Man­age­ment, en­trepreneur and author, has writ­ten two ad­di­tional books and stud­ied rep­u­ta­tion for over ten years. In Not All Camels Are In The Desert, she shares how she dropped out of high school, ex­pe­ri­enced poverty, bul­ly­ing, de­spair, de­pres­sion, obe­sity, re­bel­lious­ness, lack of self-es­teem, drug abuse, run-ins with the law, and worse. Gock­ley aims as a peer, to con­nect and ed­u­cate youths who has given up hope or is strug­gling to find their path in life.

Gock­ley is a mem­ber of the North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Pamela S. Gock­ley

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