A company rooted in bully prevention
Founded by 4-time Emmy nominee Producer / Songwriter Jill Nesi, Stand Up and Speak Out (SUSO) is committed to raising awareness about the bullying epidemic around the world by building connection and empathy through the arts.
We are currently producing a statewide musical showcase for middle school students in collaboration with Spotlight Stage Company, called Stand Up: The Bully Prevention Musical Showcase. This enables us to reach our youth and educate them through entertainment showing them the effects of bullying and how we can all work together to put an end to bullying once and for all. Stand Up is a modified version of the full scale production of Her Song written by Jill Nesi. The modified version is age appropriate for the middle school age range.
Stand Up and Speak Out partners with leading state, national, and global institutions to braid the arts with best practices on social and emotional skills building to help young people lead in a more connected and empathic world.
Become an ally! Join us in helping and protecting our youth through a program like Stand Up: The Bully Prevention Musical Showcase. Your support helps us to continue bringing this showcase to the middle school students of Connecticut and beyond. To become a sponsor or to show financial support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event for Saint Rita Middle School Students and Staff.
Public Fundraiser- Limited Seating
STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT is the message we all need to hear - and, the call to action to relational kindness, we all need to follow. The teens who raise their (fantastic) voices to sing that message, are truly inspirational.
The group left their audience in awe of how a few songs, sung by albeit very talented teens, could communicate about student life with such clarity and emotional impact.We plan to include them in other events in NYC and will look for opportunities to collaborate in our initiative to make Conn the first emotionally intelligent state.
Dr. Robin Stern
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Thank you very much for the wonderful preformance of Stand Up and Speak Out, at Platt High School. From the beginning of the process at the Legislative Office Building, we recognized that your message, and the format to include students as the voice, aligned tightly with our values and practices in the Meriden Public Schools. Your willingness to partner with us and inclusion of Platt High School students made SUSO and even more impactful presentation during the seemblies in our schools.
Some of the feedback from staff were powerful testimonies of the message. The Different characters resonated with the students and staff in attendance. Students identified with both the bully and the victim. "Her Song" along with our Restorative Practices at Platt High School are showing students positive ways to that they can stand up and speak out against all types of bullying.
We especially found the message very powerful for the elementary school children. Many who attended have gone back to their home schools with the message of empowerment. When students hear from other students, the message resonates in a special way. We are confident that the presentations in Meredin will have a lasting impact!
Dr. Miguel A. Cardona
Meriden Public Schools
Meriden Public Schools
"The Stand Up and Speak Out (SUSO) experience for the Meriden Public Schools was absolutely terrific! We value student voice and choice in our schools and this was a program for students by students. We know students have the ability to influence others so whenever you can have an impactful message shared by students, you have the opportunity to build a supportive, positive school culture. The SUSO organizers did a wonderful job customizing their presentation to our district’s needs. They put on engaging shows for high school students and a modified show for elementary students. Topics were dealt with appropriately and in a way that empowered students to be proud of who they are and accept the differences in others. We are glad we had student leaders participate in this great program and I encourage others to experience SUSO.”-
Mark D. Benigni
Superintendent Meriden Public Schools
SAINT RITA SCHOOL, Hamden CT
Thank you to the actors (including St. Rita School alum Juliana ‘18), producer, director and creator of the anti-bullying musical “Stand Up and Speak Out” which they performed for my 3rd through 8th grade students at St. Rita School in Hamden . My students, teachers and I were mesmerized by the performance and I was brought to tears by not only the powerful anti-bullying message but my student’s engagement in the show. Based on our follow-up lessons my students were deeply touched by the performance. The musical’s anti-bullying message supports St. Rita School’s themes for the past few years of kindness and encouragement. I would highly recommend tthis musical be a shared with every Connecticut student regardless of age. The character traits of kindness, compassion, bravery, and finding your voice are essential skills which all students need. Our society needs to value kindness and compassion as much as we value success. Thank you “Stand Up and Speak Out” for leading the way. You are welcome back at St. Rita School anytime!
—Patricia O’Neil Tiezzi Principal, St. RitaSchool Hamden, CT