Project My Neighborhood (PMN) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for bullying prevention. PMN hosts events, including Blaster Battles, to teach our core values - outreach, inclusion, team building, health, and wellness. Our mission is to create leaders who demonstrate our core values during our events, in their community, and beyond. Established in 2016, PMN holds events throughout the United States. We collaborate with corporations and organizations, such as Pacer National Bullying Prevention Center and Blaine National Sports Center, to expand bullying prevention initiatives.
PMN’s most popular event type, “Blaster Battles,” uses toy blasters with foam darts along with paintball bunkers (inflatables) in a designated family-friendly environment for a series of games - like tag, capture the flag, and dart twister - that promote outreach, inclusion, team building, health, and wellness. During our events, we typically discuss five topics of bullying, which are related to the games we play and life beyond the games: 1) protect yourself, 2) you are not alone, 3) overcoming adversity, 4) choices we make, and 5) the slippery slope of teasing vs. bullying. Proceeds from our events allow PMN to host more events and support bullying prevention programs.
As a role model to the participants, Co-Founder Matt Nelson speaks to kids about his experience with bullying, overcoming obstacles, and values gained from experiences in organized athletics from elementary school to college.
Our other inspiration is based on the Minnesota Statute: 121A.031 SCHOOL STUDENT BULLYING POLICY. Subdivision 3, 4 & 5 that discusses local bullying policy and safety programming in schools. We hope to make a big impact in elementary, middle, and high schools.