American Idol Contestant, Devyn Rush leads Hey U.G.L.Y.’s I AM ENOUGH Campaign which is designed to give youth tools to stamp out that voice in their head that tells them they are not good enough.
It hasn’t been that long since Devyn was bullied in school where she also self-bullied and struggled to feel good enough. She shares with students the ways she learned to feel “good enough” which gave her the confidence to audition for American Idol and later got her to give advice on The Steve Havey Show.
Key to the assembly presentation is Hey U.G.L.Y.’s proven exercise of taking all the negative thoughts we have about ourselves and others and squishing them out by replacing them with positive messages. Just like we took the most negative word in the world, ugly, and converted to a positive.
Knowing the impact of music and lyrics on youth, Devyn also performs mini-concert (two songs) featuring her powerful anthem, I AM ENOUGH, which she wrote for Hey U.G.L.Y.’s campaign. The lyrics tell the story about learning how to love yourself and not be bullied. Click to see her sing it.
Pre- and post- questionnaires for this assembly are available as well as a fill-in-the-blanks press release.
After her assemblies we are inundated with tweets from students proudly exclaiming I AM ENOUGH!
South Lafourche High School, Galliano, Lousiana
“I think the biggest thing our kids got from Devyn’s presentation is what most people don’t think to consider bullying. Self Bullying! What we do to ourselves because of our own lack of self esteem. Devyn’s presentation can be summed up in one word – POWERFUL!! Her connection with the students was by far one of the best I’ve seen in a long time from a guest speaker, and traveling with student council across the country I see about 12 speakers a year. The video on the web site in no way does Devyn’s presentation any justice. We had to change our agenda in the middle of the program and Devyn just rolled with the punches and didn’t have near the time she thought to get ready and still pulled off an amazing performance. Devyn is well worth your consideration and your still are deserving of her presentation.
Devyn is very personable and will relate to you and your students.” Dana Gross, Teacher/student council advisor.
New Hope-Solebury Elementary School, New Hope, Pennsylvania
“Devyn’s presentation at our elementary school was wonderful. My kids anticipated ‘another boring assembly’ but came home very excited. My son told me that he learned about, “liking yourself first. Devyn shared her own triumphs and failures with the students, spoke to them on a level that created mutual respect and understanding, and left them all with a very positive message. It led to a great discussion about self-esteem, bullying and kindness.” Cheryl Flavin, teacher
Anne Dorner Middle School, 100 Van Cortlandt Avenue, Ossining, New York “Thank you for making me feel like I am important. Now I will forever know that I am enough. You’re amazing, and beautiful.” 7th grade student
Dupre Middle School in Peru, Illinois “That’s the only bullying seminar that I’ve actually enjoyed.” 6th grade student
Elston Middle School in Michigan City, Indiana
” I would just like to say thank you for coming and also singing for us. Your voice is amazing and to be honest, your last song that you sang made me cry because your song spoke to me. I have heard before that I am ugly and not thin enough. I was bullied before by a person who I thought was my Best friend, but then I relized she wasn’t. When I go home I sometimes cry because I do feel like I am not enough. I did tell myself that I was ugly and that I was not thin, but thanks to you though, I feel like I am enough. That I can be me and not worry about what others say. Thank you Devyn Rush!!!” Middle School student