John, 18, a senior at Wheat Ridge High School, shared his empowering story of how he stands up to bullying incidents at his school by submitting a video during our EMPOWER Kindness anti-bullying campaign. In his video, John explained that although he had never been bullied himself or bullied others, he has always tried to help others and be the bigger and nicer person in difficult situations. When John sees kids being bullied online and at school, he always tries to step in and goes out of his way to be there for his peers in need. In addition to advocating for bullied students, John also volunteers as a mentor for a PE class that helps other students who participate in the Special Olympics program.
On International Stand Up to Bullying Day, February 28, we surprised John at his school while he was volunteering in the Special Olympics PE class and announced him as our EMPOWER Kindness Ambassador. We also presented him with a $2,500 scholarship that he can put toward his education. Our entire team looks forward to continuing to see how John and other students in our area act to EMPOWER Kindness in our community and schools in the weeks, months, and years to come.