Awarded top educational solution to manage adversity responsibly and confidently
Let’s Speak Up Assertively & Act Responsibly
Adversity, uncertainty, or vulnerability is inevitable. We equip you with practical tools and techniques to strengthen oneself and achieve best outcomes. Our expertise in conflict resolution and leadership training empowers you to navigate adversity responsibly at home, school, or any environment.
We are committed to be your voice and empower you to develop your voice confidently!
Founder’s Inspiration and Motivation
When I had my daughter, I questioned my roles and responsibilities as a parent. I realized that guiding my child with principles to solve problems with purpose is essential to shaping her identity. I wanted to imbue my child with critical thinking skills, along with principles of self-respect and integrity. Such principles involve speaking up assertively upon seeing, experiencing, or feeling as if something is wrong– even if it means questioning authority, albeit in a respectful manner.
When my daughter was at an elite private school, she and her friends were faced with a disturbing situation. Upon reporting the misconduct to school officials, the administrators did everything in their power to cover up, retaliate, and silence the victims. DARVO tactics–used to reverse victim and offender roles– employed by these school officials derailed victims’ trust, well-being, and safety.
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In curiosity and disbelief, I sought to understand the administration’s perverted response. This journey of discovery has inspired Let’s Speak Up, where we’ve spearhead extensive research on how schools nationwide address bullying, sexual assault, harassment, hazing, racism, discrimination, among other types of misconduct. Research revealed a clear pattern: Institutional liability and reputation were prioritized over fulfilling their fiduciary and legal duties in students’ best interest. This ubiquitous lack of accountability led me to understanding the “classified playbook” authorities use to uphold their image, even at the expense of betraying children and obfuscating justice.
It is no surprise to me that adolescents’ mental health has spiraled and proliferates into adulthood: Outcomes ranging from self-harm to harm-others are extremely telling.
Our research and work have been compiled into educational publications and workshops that guide parents and children toward being staunch and competent advocates for oneself and others. Our leadership training is extended to organizations so that they can infuse the best practices in their institutions, securing a safe environment for all stakeholders.
We are your voice; we help you develop your own voice.
Let’s work together to think critically, speak up assertively, and act responsibly. Our aim is to guide you towards cultivating your best self and a better society.
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AWARD WINNING PRODUCTS
“SELF-Ex: An Interactive Guide to Address Adversity Responsibly” received a top educational award in a global competition. “In response to the COVID-19 challenges facing students the USC Center EDGE, Andrew Nikou Foundation, and IDEO formed The Education (Re)Open challenge, aimed to develop the Education Solutions Exchange, a public repository of high-quality, accessible solutions to help schools navigate the obstacles they face returning this fall. The Education Solutions Exchange is an exciting outgrowth of what we learned early in the pandemic—that creative, relevant and relatively simple solutions can bring a quantifiable voice to those on the front lines of education, and can have impact in timely, effective and efficient ways,” says Alan Arkatov, director and founder of Center EDGE.
Winning entries, chosen in part for their simplicity and ability to immediately impact students’ needs, include:
Mental Health Check In: A simple, low-cost, easily implementable system for students to communicate their emotional wellbeing and give teachers insight into how the class is feeling overall, and in particular to students who may need extra support.
The 3 M’s: Media, Middle School, Mindfulness: A curriculum that teaches students to become more discerning with information seen on the internet, and to determine if it’s coming from a trustworthy source, which is especially critical in light of disinformation surrounding the pandemic and vaccines.
Core Values in the Community: A program designed to reward students who demonstrate the values of Gratitude, Responsibility, Integrity and Tenacity, and are given “GRITcoin” that can later be spent on things like raffles and pop-up shops at their schools. The program recognizes that students are anxious about returning to school, and yet they can be inspired to turn those feelings into something positive.
A Trusted Space: a free, cutting-edge, research-based film and curriculum for educators on how to help mitigate the effects of the grief, trauma, anxiety and other emotional stressors that so many students are facing.