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‘Silence is acceptance’

September 27, 2012
Messenger News

To the editor:

Youth Empowerment is very important to the survival of our communities. When children grow in a positive, encouraging environment, everyone wins. They become the new generation of success in our daily living.

This is the reason why It Gets Better FD and Beyond will continue the awareness of anti-bullying, sexual abuse and mental health. We believe in nurturing the youths of this area to become aware of their surroundings, to do the right thing, to stand up speak out and to feel good about doing the right thing for others.

We will be sending a team to Gov. Branstad's anti-bullying summit on Nov. 27 in Des Moines to represent Fort Dodge as a leader toward community building and Youth Empowerment. We will gain ideas we as a community can build together.

On Oct. 6, we will be hosting a Youth Empowerment Rally from 10 a.m. to noon. We will be selling baked goods to raise money to continue the awareness.

We are very excited to announce three wonderful speakers coming to tell their story and motivate this community.

Ann Erickson Gettis is a mother from the nonprofit organization Jeremiah's Hope for Kindness, based in Minnesota. Kayla Weishuhn from Primghar is a teenager who lost her 14-year-old brother last April. Both have short stories to share how bullycide has changed their lives and how things would be different for the families if only their loved ones would have reached out.

KC with the organization Bullying Is For Losers will be coming from Los Angeles California to motivate and empower the community.

We welcome all families, grandparents and educators to make a sign of positive words and join us Oct. 6.

"Silence is acceptance! Speak loudly!"

Jennifer Johnson

Breck Johnson

Jena Fritz

Andy Fritz

Andrea Freeman

Kris Nerum Lowery

Leilani Grell

Amy Grundon-Gochee

Amy Jones

Chris Jones

Krisi Brown

Eric Collins

Alexis Peterson

Fort Dodge



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