When I began this podcast, I never imagined that I would meet real life superheroes. Kirk Smalley is the President of StandForTheSilent.org. This nonprofit organization was started in 2010 by a group of high school students in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after they heard the story of Kirk’s son, Ty who committed suicide after standing up to bullies in his school. Stand for the Silent has chapters in 40 states and 18 different countries. Kirk's organization has spoken with 4,911 schools and over 3.5 million children in order to help prevent bullying. The positive impact that Kirk has made in this world will last for generations and it was an honor to speak with him, even for just 30 minutes. I hope you are touched and inspired by his story as I am.
I am forever humbled by the strength of those who muster the courage and strength to make a positive change in this world when they have suffered so much pain and grief. I only hope if I ever experienced such pain that I would have the strength to do the same. Kirk Smalley and Lori Alhadeff (from my 2nd podcast) are true superheroes.
Learn more about and support "Stand for the Silent" on their website and social media pages:
Stand for the Silent website: https://standforthesilent.org/
Social Bullets website: https://socialbullets.org/
Music used with permission from the license holder.
SONG: Hey Bully
ARTIST: Morgan Frazier
ALBUM: The Best
LICENSES: Curb Records (on behalf of Curb Records); PEDL, LatinAutorPerf, ARESA, BMG Rights Management (US), LLC, ASCAP, MINT_BMG, Audiam (Publishing), CMRRA, and 7 Music Rights Societies