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Programs of the Tyler Clementi Foundation

Across communities and around the world, join with other Upstanders to end bullying.

The Tyler Clementi Foundation works to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. We believe that progress can be made through education, advocacy, research, and collaboration among diverse communities.

Our unique approach of programs promoting pro-active and positive action mixes prevention, remediation and larger systemic change, encouraging individuals and communities to take a stand against bullying from #Day1.


Upstander Pledge

The best way to end bullying is to make a personal commitment to stop it, report it, or reach out to the victim with support. The Upstander Pledge empowers you to be a leader in your community by demonstrating your stand against bullying and encouraging others to take responsibility for their actions. This important tool is based on proven research and can also be a positive way to help counter hostile environments, garner support from public officials and celebrities, as well as build a larger movement of awareness.
Take the Upstander Pledge


#Day1 Campaign


tcf-logo-day1_224x224We must prevent bullying before it begins. Imagine if on the first day of school, work or on a new sports team, a person in authority stood up and verbally told everyone that any form of bullying, harassment, or humiliation would not be tolerated?
The #Day1 Campaign is an effective, immediate, and free way to reduce bullying, harassment, and humiliation. It requires four main elements:

  • a person in authority,
  • a clear statement of behavior expectations,
  • adoption early in the tenure of new students/employees/athletes, and
  • a verbal confirmation of understanding from the audience.

#Day1 focuses schools, universities, workplaces, athletic programs, and other group environments on a targeted intervention during orientation. #Day1 clearly states that some forms of “socially acceptable” teasing or cruelty are unacceptable. Learn more about this free and simple program.
Download your free #Day1 toolkit


Public Policy

Changing laws can change outcomes for individuals and communities affected by hostile bullying environments. We support the federal Safe Schools Improvement Act and The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act.
The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Act:

  • requires all colleges and universities in the United States to prohibit the harassment of students,
  • mandates the Department of Education to create a grant program which will support campus anti-harassment programs, and
  • includes and protects students in higher education, which expands the impacts proposed in the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act which focus on grades K-12.

Support the TCHEAHA


Upstander Speaker Series

Using the power of story and personal tragedy, the Clementi family speaks around the country to move people to action. The series helps TCF engage with the public and the media to educate more people about the harms of bullying and opportunities to pro-actively respond in your community.
Bring an Upstander Speaker to your community


Tyler’s Suite

Tyler’s Suite is a nine-piece choral movement that shares the story of Tyler Clementi and ultimately shines a light of hope for a kinder, more understanding world. The project was brought together under the musical leadership of Stephen Schwartz (composer and lyricist of Wicked and Pippin), who also composed one of the pieces, and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Conductor and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.
Learn more about Tyler’s Suite and see a list of upcoming performances


Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers

The center, a collaborative effort between Rutgers University and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, will draw from academic disciplines across the university and throughout the nation to create new programs and approaches to address issues that confront young people – specifically vulnerable youth making the transition from home to college, including lectures, symposia and training on such topics as:

  • the use and misuse of new technologies and social media,
  • youth suicide – particularly among LGBTQ youth and other young people – during the transition to adulthood,
  • adjustment and assimilation into college life,
  • bullying and cyberbullying, and
  • understanding and promoting safe and inclusive social environments.

Learn more about the The Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University


The Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety at New York Law School

tcf-logo-institute-cybersafety_615x224The Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety at New York Law School will educate students, lawyers, judges, and the public about the problem of cyberbullying through research, analysis, and direct services to help families, policymakers, and schools reduce the frequency and harmful impacts of cyberbullying on at-risk youth.
The Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety at New York Law School:

  • creates a first-of-its-kind direct service litigation clinic to help victims of harassment obtain justice and provide needed perspective in impact litigation,
  • conducts cyberbullying research to support litigation, legal defense and legal training around the country,
  • holds conferences, workshops, and symposia focused on education and research, and
  • hosts a hotline where victims of harassment can learn about their rights and seek justice.

Support the The Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety at New York Law School


Workplace Training

Too much of the burden of ending bullying is put on schools. We think parents play a key role. TCF has partnered with Workplace Options (WPO) to offer trainings on youth bullying to parents where they are during the day…at work. Our training helps educate people about whether the young people in their lives are being bullied or are bullies, and not sharing this information.
Learn more and request a training here


Public Opinion Research

Data should inform decision-making and we need public opinion research to help inform anti-bullying goals. TCF will produce a tracking poll three times a year (during school year transitions) to raise awareness of key topics and trends. TCF will conduct a robust round of public opinion research to uncover what messages and messengers are the most effective in combating bullying. This research should be shared publicly so it can inform the entire sector.

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