Arizona Charter Academy students help empower their peers

For the second year in a row, Integrated Academy of Studies students at Arizona Charter Academy participated in the Speak Up Stand Up Save a Life Conference at Grand Canyon University. [Submitted Photo]

Melissa Montenegro
Special to Independent Newsmedia

For the second year in a row, Integrated Academy of Studies students at Arizona Charter Academy participated in the Speak Up Stand Up Save a Life Conference at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The conference exists to address the issues of bullying, substance abuse and suicide among youth from grades 5-12.

After attending the conference last year, students came back to campus ready to make a difference. They didn’t want the impact of the conference to end with that one day, rather for it to continue and

take on a life of its own on campus.

Around the same time, ACA was launching its Bully RAADR program and it all coincided perfectly. Students put posters up around the campus urging students to “ Speak Up” if they see something troubling in one of their peers. They also visited every classroom to

discuss the use of the Bully RAADR app and how students can use it to “Stand Up” for themselves and their peers.

Not only did Arizona Charter Academy students attend the conference, but they were chosen to present the proclamation the City of Surprise issued to declare January “Speak Up Stand Up Save a Life Month.” Students are ambassadors for the movement of empowering students to Speak Up for themselves and their peersto possibly Save a Life.

Editor’s note: Melissa Montenegro is in charge of enrollment and marketing for Arizona Charter Academy.



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