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Ambassador Club Students at Union High School Urge Peers to Take Action Against Bullying

Students in the Ambassador Club at Union High School urge their peers to take action against bullying through silent demonstrations.
Students hold signs during a silent demonstration, urging their peers to take action against bullying.

Students hold signs during a silent demonstration, urging their peers to take action against bullying.

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GR Initiative for Leaders invests in emerging teen and adult leaders by providing leadership training programs.  Each program uses a scripture based curriculum to help leaders expand or develop the core values of balance, accountability, empowerment, interdependence, leverage, and diversity.  To learn more about leadership training opportunities or  to get involved with GR Initiative for Leaders, go to www.GRILeadership.org or call (616)301-6697.

The GR Initiative for Leaders Ambassador Club at Union High School held silent demonstrations throughout the school year, urging their peers to take action against bullying.  Students held signs with messages about bullying in the cafeteria and hallway during the lunch hour.  They also chose a day to wear duct tape symbolizing solidarity on the issue and wrote anti-bullying messages for the school announcements.  The demonstrations were a result of the Ambassador Club students identifying bullying as an issue that they wanted to address and find solutions.

“The silent demonstrations motivated our Ambassador Club students to continue to be a voice for putting a stop to bullying at Union High School.  As student leaders, this is their platform to make changes happen at their school,” said Kelvin Jackson, community liaison for GR Initiative for Leaders.  Jackson is helping the students conduct a survey to gauge the student population’s opinion on bullying at Union and their confidence in addressing the issue with school staff and administration. 

According to dosomething.org:

  • Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
  • 1 out of 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
  • Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
  • Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

The GR Initiative for Leaders Ambassador Club is a program that equips and empowers teens to become change agents in their school and community.  Participants meet twice a week during the lunch period and participate in leadership discussions and activities.  The discussions and activities are based on the six core values of the GR Initiative for Leaders curriculum: balance, accountability, interdependence, empowerment, leverage and diversity.  

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