Believing that respect for others along with a return of ethics are
essential for harmony and the future development of our youth, the
foundation will provide students, parents, teachers and administrators
with the educational materials and follow-up activities needed to
establish a Power of One program at their school. Through participation
in a Power of One Student Program, students will learn how to identify
the various forms of peer-to-peer harassment and will be prepared
to take non-violent action when they see it happening. By introducing
these concepts early, the Foundation hopes to see an end to the harassment
and other forms of violence that has now become so common in our schools.
She had to leave high school in her junior year. She did well in the new environment. But, she was killed a year later in a car accident. It soon became apparent to us that her death affected many people, especially friends and classmates who realized that they had lost the chance to "make things right" with Tina. They could not explain why they bullied and harassed her, nor could they explain why they didn't do anything to stop it.
The pain and frustration of not having the resources we needed, and
seeing the pain of Tina's classmates and their unfinished business,
inspired us to form the Power of One Foundation, Inc. We organized
a board of professionals that also included three of Tina's closest
friends. The Power of One Foundation, Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit
organization in Minnesota on January 29, 1999, and received 501(c)(3)
status from the Internal Revenue Service on June 7, 1999.