Teen Nation anti-bullying, concert comes to Little Rock

UNDATED (KTHV) -- The Teen Nation Tour, a year-long anti-bullying campaign and concert tour featuring teen recording artists, will perform in Little Rock for more than 11,000 students and faculty at 16 schools and two public performances starting Tues., March 4 through Saturday, March 15. This is the first time the tour has performed in Arkansas.

The Teen Nation Tour is a peer-to-peer, 90-minute anti-bullying program free to schools.Students learn about the types of bullying, how to prevent it, where to turn when it occurs, and more.Tour artistsperform Top 40 hits, lecture, and share personal experiences about bullying. On weekends, the group performs public concerts without the anti-bullying message at non-school venues such as malls, theaters, and more.

Headlining the Little Rock Teen Nation Tour are former 'X Factor' contestant J Ryan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas; and Tristan Blaine, 14, of Frisco, TX. Additional guest performers include Tyler Matl, 19, of Lexington, KY; Faith Marie Shirley, 15 of San Antonio, Texas; and Collin Kozola, 17, of Naperville, Illinois.

The Teen Nation Tour will also hold public concerts at The Joint Theatre at 11:00 a.m. on Sat., March 8 and Playtime Pizza at 3:00 p.m. on Sat., March 15. Admission at Playtime Pizza is $8.99 for adults (12 and older) and $6.99 for children ages 4-11. Admission price includes an unlimited buffet, drinks and desserts.

Statistics about bullying and teen suicide are alarming.Bullying affects nearly one in three schoolchildren in grades six through 10 and one of every 10 students who drop out of school do so because of repeated bullying. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. More than 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost seven percent have attempted it.

The Teen Nation Tour recently concluded a three-city tour through Texas reaching more than 40,000 people. This year, the tour is scheduled to perform at more than 330 school and other venues in about 40 cities, 22 states, and several hundred school districts reaching an estimated half-million people.


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