Theatre of Peace (TOP), a division of the local nonprofit Act Like You Matter, Inc., is working to combat bullying by empowering young people to find their voice and change the way their generation treats each other. TOP is a troupe of 35 actors ages 11 to 19 who travel to schools in Southern California to run anti-bullying assemblies and workshops that help students build resilience and stand up for themselves and others. TOP Director Amy Jones Anichini and eight TOP members recently presented their Baffle Away Bullying! Interactive Stage Play for K-3rd – based on the book Baffle That Bully!, written by Amy and her daughter Chase – at the 15th Annual International Bullying Prevention Conference in San Diego.

Since 2015, TOP has worked with over 5,000 students and more than 200 educators in seven school districts. TOP currently offers four age-appropriate programs for grades K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12, which vary in content, language, and acting intensity depending on the age group. To learn how to get involved visit www.actlikeyoumatter.org.