“90210” star Trevor Donovan is using some Hollywood acting skills to show students across the country how to stop being a bystander to bullying and harassment.
Trevor joined us Wednesday on “TMZ Live” to explain how his ‘Team Upstanders’ program is empowering students to help each other … especially those who aren’t able to defend themselves against bullies.
His assemblies feature skits where he acts out bullying scenarios with the kids … which allows them to experience these emotionally charged incidents from different perspectives.
Trevor says letting the kids feel the impact is an effective learning experience, albeit a painful one at times.
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By the end of the program, Trevor picks students to be ambassadors … and it becomes their job to promote an anti-bullying environment.
After a recent assembly at Deer Lakes Middle School in Russellton, PA, Trevor says he was approached by a parent online, saying her kid was a target of bullying. He quickly jumped on a Zoom with the school’s counselor and 2 upstanders he appointed — and they all worked out a solution.
In addition to combatting bullies, Trevor says there’s a bonus effect — one that will help students years after they’ve graduated. Check out the video … great program, great guy.