June 7, 2018
CADILLAC – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today joined Cadillac Superintendent Julie Brown and Paul Liebenow of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association at Mackinaw Trail Middle School in Cadillac to talk about his new OK2SAY Student Ambassador Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to help students bring kindness, inclusion, and awareness activities and ideas into schools in Michigan.
“OK2SAY is such an important program and the students are what makes it work so well,” said Schuette. “Student ambassadors will be able to serve as leaders to their peers and help spread the word about our safety initiative.”
The Student Ambassador Initiative is a pledge that students can take to commit to being a leader in their school, to make school a place where all students feel safe and know that OK2SAY is there when they do not. The goal is to encourage students to set an example to their fellow classmates to treat everyone with respect, encourage kindness and understanding.
The OK2SAY website has resources for students who wish to act as student ambassadors, including OK2SAY specific activities to share at school, as well as ideas of how to fight bullying and be more inclusive with student peers.
While in Cadillac, Schuette also highlighted the continued importance of reporting to OK2SAY in the summer months.
“Unfortunately, we know that just because school is out for the summer does not mean that students are free from bullying or thoughts of self-harm, just to name a few,” said Schuette. “This is why I remind students and schools every year that OK2SAY is still accepting tips all through the summer. When help is needed, OK2SAY is always there no matter the time of year.”
In May 2018, OK2SAY technicians received 707 tips for Michigan students bringing the total number of tips for 2018 to 3,453. Total OK2SAY tips from September 2014 through the end of May reached 14,187. May 2018 was the second busiest month in program history with only March 2018 receiving more tips.
The top tip categories were as follows:
In-school Programming: Thirty-one specialized OK2SAY presenters visit schools around the state to encourage students to step up, speak out, and report anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others.
The 2016 Annual Report details the types and numbers of tips handled throughout the year. The 2017 Annual Report will be released later this month.
OK2SAY encourages confidential tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, and schools. Tips can be submitted through the following ways:
Call: 8-555-OK2SAY, 855-565-2729
Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)
OK2SAY website: ok2say.com
OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in app stores for iPhone and Android.