"90210" star Trevor Donovan is using some Hollywood acting skills to show students across the country how to stop being a bystander to bullying and harassment.
Trevor joined us Wednesday on "TMZ Live" to explain how his 'Team Upstanders' program is empowering students to help each other ... especially those who aren't able to defend themselves against bullies.
His assemblies feature skits where he acts out bullying scenarios with the kids ... which allows them to experience these emotionally charged incidents from different perspectives.
Trevor says letting the kids feel the impact is an effective learning experience, albeit a painful one at times.
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By the end of the program, Trevor picks students to be ambassadors ... and it becomes their job to promote an anti-bullying environment.
After a recent assembly at Deer Lakes Middle School in Russellton, PA, Trevor says he was approached by a parent online, saying her kid was a target of bullying. He quickly jumped on a Zoom with the school's counselor and 2 upstanders he appointed -- and they all worked out a solution.
In addition to combatting bullies, Trevor says there's a bonus effect --- one that will help students years after they've graduated. Check out the video ... great program, great guy.