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Jodee Blanco
Survivor Turned Activist
“The Voice of America’s Bullied Students”
“The bully never remembers, the outcast never forgets.”
Bullying related suicides are on the rise.  Schools are becoming emotional war zones. Millions of kids are crying themselves to sleep every night, wondering why no matter how hard they try, they can’t seem to fit in.  As you’re reading the words on this page, there’s a student somewhere, suffering and alone, their future dangling by a thread. Cruelty can be currency to the young, and it’s running rampant in our schools, from the hallways and the cafeterias to the locker rooms and school buses.  It’s perpetrated in a thousand ways, and now with the internet and cell phones, there’s no escape, not even when a child is in their own room at home.  As schools, parents, and law makers struggle to find the answer, Jodee Blanco is out there, traveling the nation’s schools, working deep inside the trenches to motivate real, sustainable change. 

Invite anti-bullying activist Jodee Blanco to speak at your school, or to your group. She understands first-hand the reality of being the school outcast. From fifth grade through senior year of high school, she was shunned, abused and tormented by her peers simply for being different and refusing to conform to the rules of the cool crowd.

Jodee’s story however has a happy ending. She not only survived those years of ostracism and pain, but she grew up to become a highly successful entrepreneur.  Her brave memoir PLEASE STOP LAUGHING AT ME… landed a spot on the New York Times Best-Seller list within 48 hours of its release, and climbed steadily for six straight weeks. Each day, she receives dozens of emails and letters from students, parents, educators, and “Adult Survivors of Peer Abuse,” like herself from across the country, thanking her for her courage, advice, and the hope she represents.

Listen to how being the school outcast was the most valuable experience of her life.
Learn the most devastating failures of herself, her parents, teachers, school administration and bystanders.
Learn why zero tolerance equals zero effectiveness.
Listen and learn the ultimate meaning of forgiveness.
Listen as Jodee reveals her most important secrets.



• Schools
• Police
• School Police
• Parent organizations
• Teacher’s organizations
• School administration
• Medical professionals
• Law professionals
• Government organizations
• After-school programs
• Sports organizations
• Community groups

Jodee will personally work with you to create a program that specifically fits the needs of your organization.

Elected Government officials – Jodee will work with you on anti-bullying legislation and speak to your assembly on behalf of the bill.


Thank you for visiting me here. I offer a daylong in-school program entitled It’s Not Just Joking Around!™ (INJJA) that includes student presentations (age appropriate divided by elementary, middle and high school), a faculty workshop, and a parent/family seminar in the evening.  Of course I can tailor a program for a school too, doing whatever number or combination of presentations you’d like.

Typically, my fees range anywhere from $1,000-$2,000 per talk depending upon the number of talks I’m asked to give. The more presentations I do, the less I charge per presentation as my time is being maximized in a market.  Often, entire districts or several schools within a district will join forces to bring me in, sharing in the costs, and because I’m there for a couple days or more, and am doing multiple talks each day, I can offer a package rate.

Click here for a detailed description of my talks.

Usually, here’s how the schedule breaks down. I’ll do all the student presentations first, then a district wide faculty workshop (or for individual schools), and on the last night, one great big parent/family seminar event for everyone. If it's just one school that wishes to bring me in, it's no problem. I speak at individual schools all the time. It boils down to what you want, and from there we make it work. The process is fluid and flexible and I always try hard to respect a school's budget and logistical needs. Additionally, I offer schools the option of hosting a book signing at the parent and faculty events as a school fundraiser, with ALL profits going directly to the school. My publishers would work with you on that. We do this often and schools always love it because it helps to defer the cost of bringing me in.

I also do keynotes and professional development workshops for conferences, conventions and special events. Click here for details on my most requested presentations. Of course I can design a talk specifically for your needs, as well.

I speak at universities, too. Click here for more info!

It's easiest if we chat via phone. Once I get an idea of how many talks we're looking at, we can come up with a fee that you're comfortable with.

It’s NOT Just Joking Around

Defining the Difference:

Imagine that you’re walking down the street and suddenly, you fall into this deep hole, and can’t find the way out.   Two people pass by, hear your cries for help, and offer assistance: one is a renowned academic who specializes in the geo-thermal dynamic of holes,  wrote his doctoral thesis on escape routes, but has never actually been in a hole himself; the other is an ordinary person who  fell into the very same hole you did the week before, found his way out, and is offering to crawl back down inside, take hold of your hand and guide you out the same way; who would you choose to save you?  I’m that person.  While I support the valuable work of academics who have dedicated themselves to understanding bullying and its affects, and recognize their work as vital to the future of our children, what I do in schools is much different  than those who utilize empirical data and case studies as the building blocks of their solutions strategies. 

I offer an innovative, deeply personal approach to bullying and peer abuse – the human side that only someone who’s been alone, trapped inside that hole herself, shivering and afraid, can provide, and the subsequent perspective of survivor, who to this day, still copes with the aftermath of the abuse that she endured. 

How many teachers, counselors, and administrators, are “Adult Survivors of Peer Abuse” that have never come to terms with the fact that they were bullied? What about the adults who were the bullies when they were students – those rare few who have the courage to admit it, and carry the burden of guilt every day? How many adult bullies work in the American school system now? These adults teach our children, but what are they teaching? What messages are they verbally and silently sending? It’s NOTJust Joking Around!™ is the only program that teaches and supports faculty and staff as they reconcile their own feelings about the issue. Even for adults, change comes from the inside out, not the outside in.

I work well with students because  I understand that motivation for change must be found within, and supported by adults and classmates alike. Fueled by the insight and compassion that can only come from a survivor, I welcome the continued opportunity to help provide our youth an emotionally safe environment to learn. If they are afraid to come to school, and afraid at school and after school how can they possibly focus on their studies? A confident child is harder to bully, a compassionate child will not bully.



Personal consultations by phone with Jodee for individuals and families are available by appointment.

Schools and organizations often schedule consulting hours when booking seminars and workshops.

For availability and consulting fees, please contact The Jodee Blanco Group.


For further information, and to book Jodee for a seminar, workshop, or keynote please contact:

The Jodee Blanco Group
Phone: 312-961-3430