Give in to Hope Day 5: Jaylen Arnold

At only 8 years old, Jaylen Arnold set out to end bullying. Jaylen has Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is on the Autism Spectrum–diagnoses that cause him to act differently than his peers on occasion, have difficulty socializing, and be a target for bullies. Rather than let the bullies get to him, Jaylen stood up, spoke out, and formed his own organization, Jaylen’s Challenge, that travels around the country educating kids on how to stand up to bullies, how to not become a bully, and how to respect and celebrate the differences in one another. Now in college, Jaylen continues to educate thousands of kids each year, and is determined to end bullying in schools.

To learn more about Jaylen:

Have you ever seen anyone treated poorly because of how they looked or talked? At the time, did you do anything to help? What would you do now, if you could go back to that situation?

Closing prayer: Dear God, help us stand up for one another, and include people, rather than exclude them. Amen.