International speaker and anti-bullying advocate Bob Lenz will be sharing a message titled “Dignity Revolution: Standing Up for the Value of Every Person” Feb. 19 at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services at Community Covenant Church at 16123 Artillery Road in Eagle River.
Lenz will be visiting Community Covenant in addition to speaking at middle and high schools in Anchorage, Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, Port Alsworth, Kokhanok, Koliganek, Togiak and Aleknagik from Feb. 15-24. During the school assembly programs, Lenz will be sharing a drug and alcohol prevention, anti-bullying message which promotes value, courage, and respect. Lenz wraps his serious message in humor and genuine good sense.
With comedic timing, he shares his personal experiences, the funny and the tragic. “As long as they laugh, they will listen,” Lenz believes. “And if they listen, they will learn.” Lenz touches on everything from the suicide of a popular friend who was abused at home to many teens’ desire to be part of the in-crowd. Lenz zeroes in on core teen anxieties involving bullying, self-image, addictions, sex and the lure of acceptance. Somewhere between laughing at one of his embarrassing moments and getting choked up over a true story, people realize their hearts and minds have been changed.
Lenz says the important message he wants people to learn is that every person has value, no matter what’s happened to them.
“Whether they’ve made mistakes, whether somebody’s hurt them and bullied them, they can go on,” he said. “There are people they can talk to, there’s hope out there.” Lenz will talk about hope, life, and moving forward. “No matter what people say to you, no matter what they have done to you, you still have not lost your value.”
Bob Lenz released an anti-bullying book, “Dignity Revolution: Standing Up for the Value of Every Person,” a culmination of his three decades of school assemblies in more than 3000 public schools in all 50 states. Since 1982, Lenz has reached an estimated 5 million people around the world, and the book launched a national movement among middle and high school students to sign a pledge to stand up for the value of every person.
“Dignity Revolution” was co-authored with Deborah Tackmann, the 2012 National Health Teacher of the Year. Based on the book, Tackmann and Lenz also created a curriculum called “Dignity Revolution Challenge.” The comprehensive, customizable and interactive bullying prevention program provides culture change in schools to improve overall academic learning.
Lenz is president and founder of Life Promotions, a non-profit organization that created Lifest, an annual festival which hosts more than 20,000 people for a time of music and teaching in Oshkosh, Wis. Lenz has worked with numerous national organizations, including Mothers
Against Drunk Driving, Boys and Girls Clubs, National Football League Chaplains, National Student Council, Beta Clubs, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and many others.
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Editor’s Note: Mary Rall is the communications director for Community Covenant Church located at 16123 Artillery Rd in Eagle River. Thanks, Mary, for submitting this information to the ECHO News for our readership.
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