Local organization leads campaign against bullying

One local program is empowering students to address bullying from the ground up.

Be the Voice, a nonprofit organization founded in 2014 at the Roswell Rotary, brings unique campaigns to area schools that target issues of bullying by focusing on the bystander as one who can intercede on behalf of the victim.

“Our approach is all about supporting the victim, so the bully can’t get mad at anybody who is just being kind to whoever they are picking on,” said Debbie Cwalina, executive director of Be the Voice. “We are not an anti- anything. We are pro-compassion, pro-inclusion, pro-kindness. It’s a very high energy, contemporary program. And the students love it.”