drowning death of her grandson, Ryder, Jean Davidson began a
crusade to educate children about how to react in dangerous
Davidsonís beloved 4-year-old grandson tragically drowned in a
water-filled ditch while playing with friends, the teacher in her used
the experience to prevent other tragedies.
developed a program called Yell and Tell, aimed at the young child who
sees something dangerous, feels afraid and doesnít know what to do,
as was the case with her grandsonís drowning. "Many times a
child will run away or say nothing because they donít want to get
into trouble or be called a tattletale. Sometimes the child is so
afraid they are too scared to do anything," Davidson explains.
The Yell and Tell program teaches children who observe a dangerous
situation how to take action and become heroes.
granddaughter of one of the founders of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and
now retired from teaching, has traveled around the country and to
several foreign nations to teach her program. She has partnered with
schools, police and fire departments as well as civic organizations to
spread the word about Yell and Tell. "I do a lot of traveling and
speaking to groups and conferences. I even taught the program in
Hungary. People are very open to it and Iím so grateful for
that," she says.
has partnered with Davidson, showing a short film about Yell and Tell
to audiences prior to childrenís movies. During the recent holiday
season, the message reached an estimated 28,000 people in seven
program began six years ago, more than 100 children have become
heroes. "Weíve had so many success stories. A brother saved his
sister. A young child saved his grandfather. Itís so
gratifying," Davison says. Many of these heroic stories are
featured on the Yell and Tell website, www.yellandtell.com.
The program is
aimed at children 4 and older, but older children can become junior
trainers by learning the simple steps behind the program. Each lesson
covers a dangerous situation that a child might encounter. "We
just added the bullying lesson at the request of one of our police
departments," Davidson says.
As a way to
educate children about Yell and Tell, Davidson has written a book
called "Trouble at the Lake," which is available on the
website. "Many of our program materials can be downloaded from
the website," Davidson says. She has written other books that
focus on Harley-Davidson and the Davidson family, and some of the
funds from the book sales are used to support Yell and Tell.
Davidson plans to have a new interactive teaching website. "My
goal is that every child in the world would learn about Yell and
Tell," she says.