Step Up and Intervene
Across our nation and around the world, sexual violence is a serious problem. It marginalizes victims and shatters communities. In particular, sexual assault is a problem on college campuses. “One in five women is sexually assaulted in her freshman or sophomore year in college.” (whitehouse.gov) We need to address this type of harassment before the attacks – not just after. We need to raise awareness earlier and teach students the importance of being an active bystander – someone that will standup for anyone at risk of being assaulted. Just like we have seen the bystander make a difference in cases of bullying, the responsible “bystander makes a difference in sexual harassment.” (cdc.gov) We need to step up for each other.
To prevent sexual violence
To empower boys and girls, men and women, to intervene in any situation of sexual inappropriateness towards another
To create a community of Green Band wearers to make a difference together
To raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment by taking this program to high schools across the nation
Founder: Jess Cohen
I founded this program my senior year in high school following Colorado's Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, where I met students only fifteen years old who had been sexually assaulted. Before this, I had never confronted sexual assault personally; the students, my friends, shared how they felt after the violence and how they felt marginalized and withdrew from their communities. I was left feeling angry with our community and myself for not addressing something that is so prevalent in our society. I returned to school that fall determined to make a change. Green Band Project empowers bystanders, especially men, to use their voices to fight against societal beliefs that it is a separate gender issue. With help from my school's Student Council and my school counselor, I have been able to speak to our student body and create a community wearing Green Bands and combating sexual assault.
BE YOUR SISTERS' KEEPER
Co-founder Ariana Arenson
President of her class 6 years in a row, and now President of Student Body, President of Teen Board of Friends of Cheyenne Canon along with many other leadership roles, Ariana knows that to impact change, it takes both bravery and collaboration. Green Band wants to spread our message of hope and compassion and encourage individuals to take the pledge to not only be your brothers' keeper, but to be your sisters' keeper as well. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL
Ariana Arenson and Maddie Tittle currently run Green Band Project at Cheyenne Mountain High School.