(Morgan, UT) (March 9) – Josh Drean, featured speaker for BullySpeak, is kicking off his “Defeat Bullying Positively” tour with a fresh perspective on how to eliminate bullying in schools. He will be touring and presenting at all four schools in Morgan County on March 9th as bullying affects all ages.
“A lot of anti-bullying programs and speakers focus on the negatives, like abuse and suicide,” Drean says. “Research shows that when we focus on the negatives, the results are negative. My program seeks to reinforce positive behaviors in students by inspiring them to choose to be kind and respectful.”
Drean uses an entertaining combination of beatboxing, interactive activities, and engaging stories from his days as an unlikely college cheerleader and school mascot to teach students an important message. “The purpose of a mascot is to stand as an ideal for people to rally behind, to represent something bigger than yourself,” Drean states. “Students learn to stand up and represent themselves and others in their social interactions.”
Kara Santucci, Bully Prevention Specialist at Child Abuse Prevention Services in Great Neck, NY, has worked closely with Josh to defeat bullying on Long Island. She says of Drean’s work, “Josh was amazing. What I really enjoyed about his message was that he was positive. It can be hard to engage kids and get them to open up. What struck me is that he did that within the first five to seven minutes. And as someone watching the presentation, I saw kids’ faces change.”
Drean has been featured on NBC Morning News, FOX News and has reached more than 100,000 students across the United States and Canada. He delivers his encouraging message to over 150 schools and student events each year and is instrumental in developing bullying curriculum for several organizations such as the Student Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC), Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS), and Youth to Youth International (Y2Y).
Anti-Bully Tour in Morgan County will be on March 9th
Morgan High – 7:50am in the HS Auditorium
Morgan Middle – 9:10am in the HS Auditorium
Morgan Elementary – 10:15am in the HS Auditorium
Mountain Green Elementary – 1:50pm at Mountain Green Elementary