Pittsburgh is home to a unique and unforgettable anti-bullying musical comedy program for children called the The Josh & Gab Show. Gab Bonesso is a nationally renowned comedian, performer and comedy writer. Josh Verbanets is an award winning songwriter, singer and musician. Together they form an inspiring team that promotes positive behavior in young children. Their performances utilize humor, original songs, interactive exercises and energetic storytelling in a very fun and heartfelt way.
The duo has performed their groundbreaking anti-bullying shows at over 75 schools, camps, and community venues that include Western Pennsylvania’s Montour School District,Carnegie Mellon University’s Waffle Shop and the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. They target kindergarten through 8th grade audiences because they are most primed to receive and absorb positive influence. By the time they reach high school it is a much tougher sell. But this talented team take motivational speaking and singing to a new level. It is almost impossible not be touched by their performance regardless of your age. It truly inspires you to be a better person and help those around you.
You can check their website joshandgab.com for an upcoming performance schedule or contact them to request an appearance. I think every guidance counselor in every school should have them on speed dial. Although most schools try to adhere to anti-bullying policies, it is always a challenge enforce them. Plus bullying is fear based and my own daughter has been afraid to tell on people for fear of repercussion. We have worked through a lot of issues and her school has a great staff that has been very helpful. But it is a constant battle and can wear down the resolve of the most stoic victim. Positive reinforcement is the best approach to keep self esteem high.
Make this a year for instilling positive values in yourself and those around you. The rewards will be ten fold and each day will take on new meaning.