Children’s Advocate, Bullying Prevention Expert, and Founder of nationally recognized bullying and suicide prevention organization, Jowharah Sanders has dedicated the past decade of her life to mentoring children and families impacted by bullying and suicide.
As a bullying survivor herself, Ms. Sander’s vision and drive launched the first of its kind community organization aimed at preventing bullying, suicide and school violence through direct service mentoring and prevention education; National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE). The organization, now in it’s 7th year of operation has supported nearly 20,000 teens and families throughout the United States, has been recognized by Congress (repeatedly), and has been featured on segments through national media outlets including “Secret Millionaire” and “NBC’s Education Nation”.
As the Executive Director of NVEEE, Ms. Sanders has successfully developed a research-based school-wide bullying prevention program called “Be Upstanding™”, whose innovative model of change has student bystanders take a direct role in reducing bullying at their schools. Additionally, NVEEE hosts a summer leadership academy PALS (Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit) where students have a safe space to share their experiences around bullying, self harm or suicide ideation, and in turn learn to become their own advocates and agents of change for others. It’s a successful program that turns bystanders into upstanders.
In addition to her role with NVEEE, Ms. Sanders’ dedication to troubled youth has been recognized by her community, through multiple awards, including:
2016 Legends Award presents by Unity Coalition
“Top 100 LGBT Movers and Shakers” for 2015 “Women in Excellence” 2015 Award presented by Women in Network (WIN) at the 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
2014 Aqua Foundation for Women Community Award
2013 Ujima Leadership Award presented by Black Gay Pride South Florida
2013 Outstanding Leadership in the LGBT Community presented by Safe Schools South Florida
2012 Community Leadership Award presented by Kimberly Shenkar-Bacardi
2012-2013 Member of the Broward County Public Schools Diversity Committee
2011 Visionary Award presented by National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE)
Jowharah Sanders is a fierce advocate for today’s youth. Coaching them on the importance of confronting hard realities, locating their voice, having difficult conversations, and taking control of their lives.