ANGOLA — The Steuben County Anti-Bullying committee will host a public showing of its original video this month.

In July, SCAB will kick off its 2019 project featuring local memoirs.

The 2018 project, titled “Strength in Numbers,” will be shown on Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m. in the Steuben Community Center auditorium, 317 S. Wayne St., Angola. Admission is free.

A panel of local experts will talk about the movie and answer audience questions. The panel is made up of Angola High School guidance counselor Jack Vrana, Department of Child Services family case manager Jill Smith and Bowen Center counselor Eugene Stover.

“Strength in Numbers” tells the stories of area residents affected by bullying, compiled and edited by the Impact Institute’s interactive media class. Many attended its premier last year at the Brokaw Movie House and Steuben County Extension Educator Megan Peterson, who leads SCAB, encouraged locals to watch it again and hear the perspectives of the panelists.

The film will also be shown at Wednesday’s meeting of the Angola Lions Club. Groups wishing to air the video may contact Peterson at 668-1000, ext. 1400, or mpeterson@purdue.edu.

Expanding from the successful video project, SCAB wants to again involve local faces in an event Peterson has given the working title of “Confessions.”

A meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 5-6 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Steuben Community Center. Anyone with stories from the past they would like to share is encouraged to attend.

“I want stories about their youth that would connect with youth today and inspire,” said Peterson. “It shows that it gets better.”

It could be poems, songs, diary entries, papers written for school, drawings, pictures or other personal interpretations. Peterson said she hopes the project will show the “lighter side” of tough subjects.

“You grow up and it’s OK,” she said.

An event for this year’s project is expected to be held in October, National Bullying Prevention Month.

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