by Justin Kree
MIDLAND - Jared Salas performs at churches and schools, even at Six Flag Amusement Parks in both Arlington and San Antonio. His message is for kids about hope and anti-bullying.
"I go from schools to schools, churches to churches, teaching the kids about hope. Hope is what we base everything around. I don't know what the kids are going through or what they've gone through but a little hope is all anybody really needs," Rapper and Motivational Speaker, Jared Salas, said.
Jared got into music because of the personal tragedy of a friend. That event allowed Jared to spread the message of anti-bullying to kids his age in an effort to stop bullying for good.
"I made a song called Life Lessons for her and it just went from there. When I realized it was helping people, I just couldn't stop," Salas said.
Jared's message to stop bullying before something worse happens is a wake up call for everyone.
"I wish people would take it seriously now When one happens, it just escalates and things get worse. I wish we could just stop it now," Salas said.
Jared is having an anti-bullying concert this Saturday, September 20. NewsWest 9 talked to Jared about 12-year-old Valrie Stover of Andrews who committed suicide on Monday. Her family tells NewsWest 9, they believe Valrie took her own life because of bullying.
"What if we had the concert this weekend and Valrie would have went. What if we would have spoken in Andrews school and she would have heard us. That's my mission to speak at all these schools before something like this happens again. I always wonder what would have happened if we talked to her first," Salas said.
Overall, Jared has one message for any kid out there needing help.
"There is always a better way out. Somebody always cares about you because there are people out there doing stuff to try to prevent it, such as myself. We can make a brighter future from a really dark past," Salas said.