"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Jeremy Dias, like so many youth, was bullied in his high school. Despite efforts to make changes in his school, he was stopped by school administrators, and experienced severe bullying and discrimination on a daily basis. As a result of his experiences, he challenged his school & school board at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and after 3 years at the age of 21 was awarded a settlement.
Feeling strongly that the funds should go to making a difference in his community, he and a few friends founded the Jeremy Dias Scholarship, an award for graduating youth working to stop bullying in their schools. After launching the scholarship, the newly formed team received hundreds of e-mails and messages from youth across Canada and parts of the world who wanted more support. The team, founded: Jer's Vision, a registered charity that would work to support youth and stop bullying and discrimination of all kinds.
In the last five years, Jer's Vision has grown from a small committee to an organization doing programming across Canada and the United States, and supporting youth internationally. We have been recognized for our work internationally, as a leader in diversity programming, that makes a real difference in schools and youth communities.