Background

  • TheR.Ed.I.Arts and Education Foundation was created in 2006. Together the original creators and board members saw an avenue for the collaboration of children and the performing arts that would develop into a highly effective public prevention health program.
  • R.Ed.I. Arts and Education Foundation was established and began work gathering real stories and statistics from the experiences of real teens. Professional writers, choreographers and composers were commissioned to put those stories into a musical theater format that would be performed by teens, for teens.
  • The show STAND UP! Change Teen Statistics was created and became a live touring show that has been presented to thousands of students in junior and senior highs schools and at numerous educational and youth leader conferences and theaters throughout the Midwest.
  • STAND UP! has garnered important endorsements, acquired impactful research results and has proved to be a valuable,effective and important form of prevention education for teens and for providers who work with teens.