Local comedian Mark Cordes takes on issue of bullying

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PHOENIX – President Barack Obama took on the issue of bullying Thursday, discussing the dangers of verbal, physical and online bullying.

Local comedian Mark Cordes is tackling the complex issue, as well, and will be performing at a charity event called "Stand Up for Standing Up." It benefits the Scottsdale Prevention Institute.

“It’s a great cause,” Cordes said. “There’s a huge problem with bullying and other destructive behaviors in our youth. We’re trying to help at-risk youths. They’re all at risk.”

In addition to anti-bullying awareness and strategies, Scottsdale Prevention Institute also has programs for substance abuse, social competency skills, stress and coping skills and parenting.

Incorporation as a non-profit 501©3 organization in 1987, SPI works with schools, businesses and the community at large. The organization’s mission is “to provide youth and families with life skills and practical strategies to foster a stronger and healthier community.”

According to the SPI website, “Our team of highly qualified Prevention Specialists, annually impact the lives of thousands of children and families in schools, the community and the workplace."

Cordes’ latest act is called “The Spouse Whisper” and it’s about finding the humor in relationships.

"Stand Up For Standing Up" takes place today at 6 p.m. at Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale. For tickets or more information, call 480-443-3100 or visit www.spi-az.org.