StandUp & Choose! Tour

An anti-drug, anti-bullying, and life-affirming presentation.

This video offers a glimpse of the StandUp and Choose! Tour and its impact in schools.

A cast of dynamic speakers bring their unique experiences to life and show the audience that it is possible to rise above any situation.

StandUp & Choose! Tour Speakers

Mary Dreliszak

StandUp & Choose! Tour Founder and Host, Speaker, Author and Cable Television Host of “People Who Inspire”

It’s an honor to present this life-changing assembly in schools with such a courageous cast of speakers. They come from different backgrounds, but share a common strength and a passion to make a difference. Together, we’re taking students on a journey to discover that their lives matter and that the choices they make today can determine their future.

In what has been described as “phenomenal”, the multi-media assembly teaches respect and how to be strong from the inside, out. Now with two presentations, 1.0 and 2.0, we’re taking it to the next level – so that kids everywhere can too.

Lauren Gross

Behavioral Health Professional, Choreographer, Coping and Confidence Speaker

Mary Sampey

Faith Formation Leader, Drug Prevention Advocate, Healthy Mind and Body Champion

Ethan Keedy

Survivor of Father’s Suicide, Life Advocate, Entrepreneur, Future President

Scott Fichter

Educator, Entrepreneur, Fitness Instructor, Positive Hip Hop Messenger

Daynelle Sanner

Love Life Foundation Chair, Fitness Instructor, Competitive Trail and Obstacle Athlete

Sarah Schimansky

Musician, Youth Mentor, Positive Self Image Advocate

Eric Johnson

Pastor, Army Veteran, Retired Corrections Officer, Personal Trainer, Survivor

Justice Greer

Anti-Bullying Advocate, Actor, Bullied Overcomer

Bring the StandUp & Choose! Tour to your school!

After assemblyWith messages that are anti-drug, anti-bullying, and life-affirming, this high energy, interactive and multi-media presentation inspires middle and high school students to make positive choices – and to respect themselves and others. Both the 1.0 and 2.0 assemblies were developed with input from schools, social service agencies and law enforcement and feature videos co-produced by Mary Dreliszak and Paul Ruggieri, a 30-time Emmy award winning PBS affiliate video-photojournalist.

Serving as the host in both productions, Mary engages students and gives an empowering message on bullying. Joining her are:

  • Lauren Gross, a behavioral health professional, speaking on coping and confidence in 1.0 and 2.0.
  • Daynelle Sanner, chair of the Love Life Foundation in memory of Jarrett Hutton, sharing inspirational art and messages of hope. In 2.0, she returns and joins Scott Fichter, an educator and an underdog who inspires students to overcome obstacles. They share their stories with positive messages and Hip Hop student engagement.
  • Justice Greer and Sarah Schimansky, telling how they gained a healthier perspective of themselves and changed their response to bullying in both presentations.
  • Mary Sampey, courageously sharing the story of her sister’s heroin overdose death. In 1.0, she encourages students to seek counseling support for emotional issues and in 2.0 continues the conversation on healthy relationships and why they matter.
  • Ethan Keedy, delivering his powerful and personal story of rising above his father’s suicide to make positive choices in his life. In 2.0, Ethan returns to focus on how having goals impacts the choices we make and our ability to overcome.
  • Eric Johnson, serving as a voice of hope to those with no support system. The pastor and retired corrections officer grew up in an inner city neighborhood and knows first-hand the consequences of wrong choices. He joins 2.0 on video and live to provide inspiration, motivation, and love.

Mary’s high energy, interactive approach – along with her co-presenters – create an unforgettable experience. Are you ready to create a culture of respect at your school and impact the lives of students? Contact us to book StandUp & Choose! Tour today!

I know the stories truly impacted everyone in that room...thank you all for reminding us to respect and Love Life.

Ms. Monyak, teacher

Connellsville Area Middle School

I've never seen a program like this one! What you did for us and showed us, is amazing.

Emily

Middle School Student

 

I thought the assembly was the best one yet. It taught me that even though I have a hard life, I'm not the only one.

Haley

Middle School Student

 

I thought your assembly was very emotional and informative. I appreciated the (speakers) sharing their stories with the entire school. That took a lot of courage.

Thomas

Middle School Student

The assembly was so heart-touching, wonderful and inspirational. The work you must have put in must be tremendous. It was appreciated dearly by not only myself, but everyone else too.

Lexi

Middle School Stuent

 

I'm starting to talk to my parents and starting to make good decisions in my life. I am really glad that I went to school that day because if I didn't, I would have missed the assembly.

NJ

Middle School Student

While searching for a meaningful yet engaging assembly for our student body we found Mary. Mary and her team did a great job engaging our students and delivering a powerful message. It was a pleasure to have her in our school.

Mr. Charles Michael, principal

Connellsville Area Middle School

 

It made me appreciate life more. I've learned you should keep your eyes on your goal, no matter what people do or say...the assembly was phenomenal. It taught me so many things.

EK

Middle School Student

You and your crew set up such a positive and powerful message for all of us. How (they were) able to share their stories about how they had once been lost in life and how they have overcome their dark situations amazes me.

Caitlin

Middle School Student

What a great and amazing assembly! I have never seen our students so engaged and attentive!!

Jamie Bielecki-Quinn, guidance counselor

Connellsville Area Middle School

The assembly you have organized for our school was very inspirational...More people need to hear these stories.

Madison

Middle School Student

Thank you for organizing the program for our school. It was the best program this year.

YF

Middle School Student

I loved the assembly...I loved the video...I learned to speak up for people that get bullied.

Joanna

Middle School Student

I personally loved your program. I enjoyed all the films that were shown and the stories that were told. This changed me by allowing me to realize not to take wrong paths and to think about how others would feel.

Kaylee

Middle School Student

The presentation changed me because it taught me that if you are dealing with something, it’s better if you talk about it with someone.

Katelyn

Middle School Student

I am very appreciative of you for teaching us so many lessons....Now, every time I leave a family member I make sure they know I love them.

Ben

Middle School Student

 

I learned that I shouldn’t let things build up inside of me and not let them out. The presentation changed the way I think about what happens to me and about drugs. Thank you for such an informative program.

Nathan

Middle School Student

The lesson I learned was to love life…and live life to the fullest.

Zachary

Middle School Student

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