Why Dare2Lead?

Bullying is a rapidly increasing issue in our society and crosses all age groups and segments of the community. Students who experience bullying have increased rates of substance abuse, thoughts of suicide, depression, anxiety, and lower educational outcomes.

Dare2Lead partners with high schools to empower students and educators to act as leaders and interrupt bullying behaviors effectively. It is an evidence-based program that creates young leaders who are uniquely equipped to foster a more inclusive social climate.


  • Learn ways to have challenging discussions and increase their confidence to intervene as a leader, even when it is not popular, and empower others to do the same.
  • Acquire facilitation skills.
  • Better understand how society views difference and how that affects individuals and the school community.
  • Practice real-life scenarios to interrupt bullying.
  • Increase their knowledge of intersectional identities and how they impact relationships.
  • Explore stereotypes and how these intersect with multiculturalism and leadership.
  • Gain greater self-awareness and confidence in their own identity, and how to leverage it to create positive change in their community.
  • Create plans with S.M.A.R.T. goals to put this knowledge into practice within their school.


  • Learn how to strategically interrupt bullying behaviors.
  • Discover ways to effectively engage their peers and administrators through actions, policies, and procedures that support the students’ efforts.
  • Develop a plan to create a more inclusive school climate leveraging relevant evidence-based research.

The program examines these concepts, individually, interpersonally, and at the classroom and school levels.

The next Dare2Lead session will be February 21, 2020 at Hathaway Brown School.

If you are interested in participating in or hosting a Dare2Lead program, please contact Evie DuVernay (216-592-2296).

Dare2Lead is supported by the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation. 

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