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Alana Garrett Ferguson

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In order to break the cycle of harassment, Alana used her own experiences and united with friends to begin a mentoring program, beginning with her former elementary school.

East Cleveland, OH, teen Alana Ferguson was bullied as an elementary student. Classmates picked on her for her studious habits, calling her names and once threw her into a garbage can. So when her humanities class at Shaw High School was brainstorming a mentoring project they could start with younger students at the neighboring elementary school, Alana and her classmates decided to create an anti-bullying workshop.

Using role plays and personal testimonials, Alana and her peers help other students transform themselves from bystanders into upstanders by taking action against bullying and acts of hate.

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