Carrying on Kennedy’s Voice

Kennedy Leroy was a remarkable young man who tragically took his own life on June 12, 2015, in part due to bullying. The local news resonated with Sierra Phelps, a recent graduate of Ayala High School, who was also bullied throughout her school years. Reaching out to the community, offering to lend an ear and a support system in honor of Kennedy, Sierra sparked a movement to carry on Kennedy’s Voice. Now, with the aid of community leaders, students, parents, concerned citizens and more, Kennedy’s Voice hopes to become a resource to prevent bullying through videos, advice, how-tos, and this blog. Follow along as we work together to end bullying once and for all.

5 Things to Do When You’re Angry

Bullies like to push people’s buttons. They like to hurt and embarrass others. They like to make people angry.   If you're being bullied, or are seeing someone else being bullied, it's probably making you very angry.   You may feel like s...

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Kennedy’s Voice: Joking, Teasing or Bullying?

By Brenda Corderman   Which is it – joking, teasing or bullying?   This question is debated by kids, teens and parents. Kids tend to understand the dynamics of joking, teasing and bullying more than their parents. They are in the mix when t...

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What to Do as a Bystander to Bullying

The pain, the suffering, the internal struggles and low self-esteem. The heartache, the isolation, the depression – so many emotions and thoughts run through a young individual’s mind when they are subjected to the torments of teasing, taunting and relentless ...

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Kennedy’s Voice: When Depression Hits

By Brenda Corderman   As a parent, you want to know right away if someone is harming your child, right? Of course. Any good parent would. And, if you were asked whether you could tell if your child is depressed or not, just by being around them, you’d...

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How to Stop Negative Self-Talk

By Brenda Corderman   Bullying hurts. It hurts bad. It can cause serious emotional harm. It can change the way you think about yourself. It can cause lasting pain and damage self-esteem and the ability to trust others. At Kennedy’s Voice, we’re comm...

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Bullied Child? Learn to Talk to Them

Now that the school year has begun, I am again reminded that this time is not easy for everyone. I know that for me, it was never easy going back to a school where I felt unsafe. The weeks leading up to it, I began isolating myself and had a short temper. Thou...

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Bullying is Not the Answer

“Problems are not reasons to give up, but a challenge to improve ourselves, not an excuse to back out, but an inspiration to move forward.” -Unknown My name is Sierra Phelps. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m your average eighteen year old. I attend c...

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