BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
More than 400 students took part in a youth forum as part of the Safe School Ambassadors bullying prevention program that is currently in place on 25 Kern County school sites.
The program's latest campaign titled "Waking Up Courage" equips students to develop and deliver anti-bullying messages for their schools and community.
For the past several month, teams from Bakersfield High School, East Bakersfield High School, Golden Valley High School, Tehachapi High School, Liberty HighSchool, and Lincoln Junior High School in Taft, have been trained to intervene when they witness bullying, harassment, cyber bullying as well as other types of mistreatment.
During Friday's forum, the teams of students will educate their peers on issues surrounding bullying in the form of breakout sessions and video PSAs, which each team has created to carry their anti-bullying messages forward.
Kern County Superintendent of Schools spearheads the SSA initiative locally. The current "Waking Up Courage" campaign is supported with funds from State Farm and is administrated through KCSOS's anti-bullying partner Community Matters.