Adopt A School

Bullying is a mental health issue that can lead to school shootings, suicide, substance abuse, eating disorders, low grades, truancy and dropping outToo many students do not have a positive sense of self or the tools and empathy to stand up to the bully and their own self-bullying thoughts. Hey U.G.L.Y.’s character development, peer-to-peer guided learning experiences have helped millions and are endorsed by educators, counselors and, most importantly, students. YOU can help us empower students to be part of the solution


1)  Stop Bullying Task Force Program
2) Sustainability curriculum that includes mandated learning standards
3) Mayoral Proclamation fill-in-the-blanks form
4) Youth led assembly presentation outline w/banner signing instructions
5) Fill-in-the-blanks press release to invite media to youth-led assembly
6)  Pre- and Post- Surveys to measure progress
7) Certificate of Completion Awards and books for graduates of Stop Bullying Task Force Program with member card


93% of the students can recognize when they are having negative judgments against themselves and others

83% state they learned how to cancel out negative judgments and replace them with positive thoughts

58% indicate that no one has bullied them since completing Hey U.G.L.Y.’s program

Let’s empower our young people to be part of the solution.

After you donate call 219-814-4224 or email with the name and address of the school you are adopting and we will handle all of the details and keep you informed every step of the way.

Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. NFP is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our federal tax ID is: 20-1692502.
All contributions are fully tax-deductible as permitted by law.


“The powerful instrument that is can be employed as an adjunct to psychotherapeutic work in relation to the abuses of both internal and external bullying. Make no mistake, those who have endured any type of bullying are survivors of trauma. As I define trauma, it is an event wherein one is momentarily robbed of one’s personal power and is powerless to work in contrast to the current event. That is, something harmful is being done to you and you are unable to stop it; it is being forced upon you. In that instant, the events can feel so overpowering to one’s brain, body and spirit, that a person is rendered unable to cope in the moment, and many times, for long periods following the event. This disruption to self can affect one’s connection to self, others and the world for years to come. I have found that can serve as an elixir to this pain. It is a platform where teens, young adults and anyone of any age who finds themselves grappling with current or past bullying events, can visually see for themselves that they are not alone and that they can employ tangible strategies to fight against their feelings of powerlessness.” Monica McFarland, M.S., Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, CA License # 114708 DV Group Facilitator / Instructor Co-Parenting & Divorce Class Burbank, CA

“Hey U.G.L.Y. is an essential resource for teens, tweens and those who educate them. The website, radio shows and school programs offer support, education and inspiration for teens suffering from depression, bullying, eating disorders and other serious issues. Hey U.G.L.Y. is a true lifesaver for troubled teens, their friends and families.” Jill Zimmerman Rutledge, M.S.W., LCSW psychotherapist and clinical consultant for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) and author of: Dealing With The Stuff That Makes Life Tough: The Ten Things That Stress Girls Out and How To Cope

“I had the pleasure of interviewing Betty Hoeffner and a 7th grader named Connor on my radio show, “Relationships 101.” Ms. Hoeffner’s nonprofit organization is doing such good and important work in stopping bullying, and Connor is living proof of that. Every school in the land ought to have a Hey U.G.L.Y. program available for its students. This would help prevent the long term consequences of bullying.” Dr. Beth Erickson, host of “Relationships 101” on and Bestselling author of Marriage Isn’t for Sissies

“In working with Hey U.G.L.Y., I have had the opportunity to see the remarkable difference they make in students’ lives! They offer such positive dialog and approaches to everyday teen issues. They show kids a better way of expressing themselves, ultimately steering them away from thoughts of destructive behavior and suicide!” Ingrid Voelker Educational Advisor