Lizzie to Receive the Peter Yarrow Award at the Second Annual HateBrakers Heroes Awards

I am honored to tell you that I will receive the Peter Yarrow Award at the

Second Annual HateBrakers Heroes Awards

 — Monday, May 19, 2014, Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, St. Louis, MO —

The First Annual St Louis HateBraker Hero Awards was an electrifying experience, and we promise even more on Monday, May 19, 2014, when we’ll spotlight and honor more heroic role models of moral courage, post-traumatic growth, and leadership.

We can’t reveal everything yet, but we can announce that this year’s master of ceremonies will be SUZANNE YATIM ASLAM, last year’s HateBraker Hero and international child advocate.
Among this year’s Heroes:

When LENORE PEPPER, St Louis icon of wisdom, generosity and business success, was six years old a family in the neighborhood brutally beat her, and called her anti-semitic names. How did she manage to survive such hate? “I decided to kill it with kindness,” she explains. “Anything I can do to help make things better, I want to do. Anything.”

The Peter Yarrow Award will be presented to fifteen-year-old LIZZIE SIDER who was named “Who to Watch” in 2013 by the Country Music Association. Lizzie always loved to sing, but mean girls used to ask her to sing for them and then laugh and run away.

One day Lizzie stopped crying and found her power in words and music. She often performs at three schools a day, traveling all over the country, comforting kids of all ages who have been teased and bullied. Her signature song, “Butterfly,” about her transformation from victim to leader made the Top 40 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart.

When MORGAN KEENAN was fifteen, he was kicked out of his house by his parents the same day they learned he was gay. Homeless all through high school, he managed to keep his grades up and played on the high school football team. His strength and leadership continued to flourish in college and graduate school. Today Morgan works with GSA, helping LGBTQA teenagers combat bullying and oppression in their schools and communities.

WILLIE DYSON was left at a hospital when he was six weeks old. When found, he was not expected to live. A white couple foster-parented him and later adopted him, loving him and healing him completely. His professional music video, “No Color,” captures the raw and real story of his own struggle and his effort to build social support for inter-racial adoption.


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Becoming a ‘Butterfly’: Immokalee students hear anti-bullying message in song (Collier Citizen)

Becoming a ‘Butterfly’: Immokalee students hear anti-bullying message in song

Photo by Lance Shearer, Citizen correspondent

Lizzie Sider gave a moving performance.

Although she’s just 15 years old, the young singer worked her audience like a pro, and had them following her every word and gesture. For the audience, third through sixth grade children at Immokalee’s Highlands Elementary School, Sider’s simple message, that bullying is not OK, was presented in easily understandable terms, with inclusion and without judgment.

Sider was moving in another sense, as well……

(CLICK HERE to read this article and see more great photos, by the Collier Citizen)

Lizzie Sider Continues Bullying Prevention Message with "Nobody Has the Power to Ruin Your Day"  TX School Tour

Lizzie Sider Continues Bullying Prevention Message With “Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day” TX School Tour (Music News Nashville)

Lizzie Sider Continues Bullying Prevention Message With “Nobdy Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” TX School Tour

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Dan Harr
lizzie-sider_tx-school-tourLIZZIE SIDER15-year old emerging Country artist,is continuing her tour of elementary and middle schools, by conducting her Bully Prevention Assembly tour in Texas for 70 schools through April and May 2014.  The tour, which continues after successful stops in California and Florida, will start on April 9 in Houston and end May 29 in San Angelo.  At the completion of the Texas tour, Lizzie will have met with students at 250 schools through the 2013 – 2014 school year.
During the assemblies, Sider will encourage kids to help prevent bullying as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student who was teased.  She will also perform her original song “Butterfly,” which Sider co-wrote about her experience and how she overcame the teasing.  Sider’s goal is to help kids as a positive role model, having risen above her own ridicule, to pursue a career in music.
“Bullying doesn’t just happen in October during Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, it happens all year,” says Lizzie Sider.  “As someone who understands what it is like to be bullied, I am on a mission to help anyone who doesn’t think anyone will listen.
”Sider has been interviewed by Access HollywoodBillboard, Hallmark’s Home & Family show, TIME for Kids, Nashville’s Crook & Chase, and was named by the Country Music Association as an “Artist to Watch in 2013.”  Sider, who splits her time between Boca Raton, FL and Nashville, TN, recently participated in her first CMA Fest week with her own booth and with a live performance at the famed country music venue, The Wildhorse.  Both “Butterfly” and Sider’sfollow-up single, “I Love You That Much,” charted in the Top 40 on Music Row. The video for “I Love You That Much” was directed by award-winning Steven Goldmann, whose past credits include Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Shania Twain.  Sider is currently working on her first full-length studio album for release in 2014.For complete Assembly Tour details, please visit www.LizzieSider.com

Lizzie Sider Continues Bullying Prevention Message With “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” Texas School Tour (So Much Moore Media)

Lizzie Sider Continues Bullying Prevention Message With “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” Texas School Tour (So Much Moore Media) EMERGING COUNTRY SINGER/SONGWRITER LIZZIE SIDER TO REACH OVER 70 SCHOOLS IN BULLYING PREVENTION ASSEMBLIES AT ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT TEXAS  Los Angeles, CA (March 26, 2014)-LIZZIE SIDER, 15-year old emerging Country artist,is continuing […]

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Students create banners and butterflies in preparation for Lizzie’s visit

I’m so touched by all the warm receptions and hugs, beautiful artwork and gifts, and sweet letters and messages that I receive from the students on my school tour!  Here’s a photo collage of Pine Crest students creating banners and butterflies in preparation for my visit. 😀 Here are the finished products!  Awesome!! Thanks, everyone! […]

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Lizzie is Taking Her Tour to Texas!

Lizzie is Taking Her Tour to Texas!

As my School Tour winds down in Florida, I reflect on how amazing this experience has been, and all the people I have been blessed to touch with my message,

“Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day” 

the words of wisdom my dad told me, several years ago, as I was leaving for school one day, and which empowered me and changed my life. Little did I (or my family!) know that this would eventually become the theme for a wonderful project that will take me to over 250 schools nationwide, this school year!
Amazing student art at my Lakeside Junior High, Orange Park, FL assembly
Since October, I have conducted 180 assemblies throughout California and Florida. My tour has been wonderfully received by school admins and students alike, and I am honored and excited to announce that we’re taking my school tour to 70 schools in the great state of TEXAS in April and May, this year! 

Read more about my School Assembly Tour.
“I believe our students are forever changed by Lizzie’s performance. The way she expressed her immense amount of integrity, self respect, maturity, self discipline, positive thinking brought tears to my eyes.” – Counselor, California middle school
“As I saw our students jumping up and down, singing and smiling, I had goose bumps all day. One little girl told me that she was going to save her bracelet “for the rest of her life.” “Lizzie is a role model….. so much hope and joy. What is most impressive is how she addresses children and how she remembers names. This is my 30th year in education. The last few days were among my happiest for kids.” – Superintendent, school district in Northern California 
“Hi lizzie you came to my school you are so inspiring to millions of people I’m like your #1 fan I also love your song butterfly I also saw around my school that people stopped bullying just because you came and inspired them so much our school is a better school now because of you thanks so much!!!!! :)” ~ your #1 Fan (FL school, 6th grader)

“Hi, I just wanted to say that when you came to my school i was thinking “why do we need to go to a bully thing”, but when you started to talk and told my school what you went through as a kid i thought to my self, “Wow, she is right. people should not bully.” when you told us how kids bullied you i felt the same way because i just moved to [my school] i was really scared. so when the assembly was over i was really happy that you came to my school because now you have inspired me to stick up to bullies and not let them push someone else around. i hope i turn out to be as nice, beautiful, inspiring, and talented as you” (Student quote)

I’m looking forward to discovering the beauty of TEXAS and it’s people, and continuing to spread my message of empowerment and growth.


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Students Embrace Anti-Bullying Message (Marco Island Sun Times)

Students embrace anti-bullying message
Teen country singer includes Marco in statewide school tour

Mar. 14, 2014

Lizzie Sider, 15, talks about counteracting bullying to students at Tommie Barfield Elementary. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com

Written by Quentin Roux
Marco Island News

Naturally, there was music in the air when country singer Lizzie Sider paid a visit to Tommie Barfield Elementary School Friday morning.

But the 15-year-old rising star from Boca Raton also had a serious message for the students. An anti-bullying message.

She brought home the message to the students in song and words, one of which was a spirited rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Why You Gotta Be So Mean.”

Another well-received song was a cover of Selena Gomez’ “Who Says.”

Sider sings ‘Butterfly,’ her song written in response to being bullied. It can be heard on YouTube, and her local rendition on a marcoislandflorida.com video. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com

 Sider introduces some serious moments to her motivational talk by describing how she was bullied.

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Sider introduces some serious moments to her motivational talk by describing how she was bullied. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com

Sider is becoming well-known for the song “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote to deal with pain as a result of herself being bullied while at elementary school.

“I used to hide and keep inside,” go the lyrics, “but look at me now; finally comin’ out and I’m wanting to fly; they thought they knew me plain and shy, but all along I was a butterfly.

Students, teachers and parents fell silent as Sider told everyone to close their eyes and raise their hands if they’d ever been teased. She specifically used that word, and not the word bullied, but the inference that the former leads to the latter was clear.

The upshot was that about 75 percent of the people in the room indicated being teased at some time.

“It tells you almost all of as at one time have been treated this way,” Sider said.

Her own turnabout occurred when one day on the way to school, her dad proclaimed: “Nobody has the power to ruin your days.”

That led to Sider eventually touring her native state to deliver her anti-bullying message through the medium of singing as well as motivational speaking.

Afterwards, the students’ reactions testified to the power of her presentation.

“I learned that bullying won’t make you feel better, or make you laugh,” wrote Victoria Pruitt back in teacher Cheryl Reinke’s class. “I will apply what I learned because if I ever see anyone getting bullied, or I’m getting bullied, I will make it stop.”

Kayla Charde felt the same way.

“I learned that ‘no-one has the power to ruin your day,’” she wrote in reference to Sider’s dad’s words, “and I will be strong and confident when I get teased.”

A site devoted to the bullying problem that plagues American schools notes that teens in grades 6 through 10 grade are the most likely to be affected.

About 30 percent of students in the United States are regularly involved in bullying either as a victim, bully or both, says the site. Increasingly problematic is cyber-bullying.

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Watch the VIDEO:  Lizzie sings “Who Says” by Selena Gomez at Tommie Barfield Elementary

As part of Lizzie’s assembly, Lizzie and the students sing Selena Gomez‘s “Who Says” and Taylor Swift‘s “Mean“.