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  • “Tree of Kindness” Hero Interview

    March 21, 2017

    We interviewed students from East High School in Youngstown Ohio regarding their anti-bullying project. This group of students, led by advisor Jeanne Constantino, participated in Destination Imagination with their “Tree of Kindness” project.

    Destination Imagination is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.  It is project-based learning, and teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges.  D.I. Challenges are designed as a fun and engaging system of learning to teach creativity, the creative process, and interpersonal and management skills and help students achieve their highest potential.
    East High School’s team chose Project Outreach as their Challenge.  They had to identify a real community need and design and carry out a Project that address the need.  It included an impact prop, and the 8 minute skit had to be in the form of a fable.  Anti-Bullying is their choice of the community need.

    Check out this uplifting story with an inspiring message of kindness.  Feel free to julie@sprigeo.com if you would like to contact the student group from this video.

    East High School Students interviewed:
    MarK’Qushia Stevenson
    Mesha Geathers
    Shauntavia Moore
    Alexis Palumbo

    Tree of Kindness – Sprigeo Heroes from Sprigeo on Vimeo.

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  • Sit With Us – Interview with Natalie

    December 6, 2016

    We had the pleasure to spend a few minutes with Natalie Hampton, 11th grader, creator of the new “Sit With Us” app.  She designed her app to help students feel included during lunch time at school.  Over 85 thousand people have downloaded this app in eight countries since it launched in September.  Take a few minutes to learn more about it and then help spread the word to students. Thank you to Natalie for helping spread kindness and inclusion across the globe.

    Natalie Hero Interview from Sprigeo on Vimeo.

     

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    Visit the Sit With Us website

    Download the app here

  • Olivia Lulich – USA Natl. Miss Wisconsin Junior Teen

    June 16, 2016

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    Sprigeo’s latest hero lives in Wisconsin — meet Olivia Lulich, USA National Miss Wisconsin Junior Teen for 2016
    Olivia is an ambassador for a nonprofit called Generations Against Bullying and has given presentations to schools. Olivia has also started her very own nonprofit that provides needed school supplies to teachers.

    Hero Interview – Olivia from Sprigeo on Vimeo.

  • Exploring Values with David Asplund

    April 12, 2016

    Do you know someone who is changing the world through their words and actions?

    Hero: One who shows great courage. The Heroes Project celebrates people who want to create a world where everyone feels safe to be who they want to be. The first group of heroes below is a small collection of everyday people who chose to do something incredible, often with support from their friends and family. The courage they have demonstrated is deserving of recognition. A special thanks to our new group of friends who we welcome to the Sprigeo Team.

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    Our newest hero comes to us from Sweden.  Currently living in the United States, David Asplund speaks to youth, sharing the importance of standing up for oneself, setting goals, and how to achieve them.  He strives to inspire young adults by sharing with them a self-created framework of success as well as stories of his personal challenges and how he has overcome them. These are stories about his personal journey from a small town in Sweden to many beautiful and life changing events around our world.  Take a look at our interview to learn more about David’s passion for helping others.

    To reach David, you can visit his website.

     

     

    David – Hero Interview from Sprigeo on Vimeo.

  • “No Time for That” Tour

    February 25, 2016

    Do you know someone who is changing the world through their words and actions?

    Hero: One who shows great courage. The Heroes Project celebrates people who want to create a world where everyone feels safe to be who they want to be. The first group of heroes below is a small collection of everyday people who chose to do something incredible, often with support from their friends and family. The courage they have demonstrated is deserving of recognition. A special thanks to our new group of friends who we welcome to the Sprigeo Team.

    ~ The Sprigeo Team

     

    This month’s hero is 20 year old Elsie Morden from Canada.  Elsie has performed at over 400 assemblies at schools all across Canada.  In our interview, Elsie shares her favorite part and explains what led her to speak up to students using music to tell her story.

    Elsie Interview from Sprigeo on Vimeo.
    No Time for That Tour Website

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  • Kool 2 B Kind

    January 15, 2016

    Meet Alexis Quinn, a senior at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Over two years ago, in response to learning about a middle school student in her community committing suicide, she piloted an anti-bullying campaign. “Kool 2 B Kind” is unique because all of the college students who participate as volunteers are athletes. These students are able to be terrific mentors for the kids they visit at local schools. Alexis shares with us how the program has grown and what they have planned for this spring to impact even more kids. It is impressive to see what a special legacy Alexis is leaving at her college as this program continues to evolve and build a culture of kindness.

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    Here is a short clip from a Kool 2 B Kind event:

    Kool 2 B Kind on Facebook

  • ReThink Stops Cyberbullying Before It Happens

    November 16, 2015

    Every year at the IBPA’s (International Bullying Prevention Association) annual conference, there is wonderful feedback about the student led sessions.  This year was no exception and we had the privilege of sponsoring an inspiring young woman who is passionate about combating cyberbullying.

    Trisha Prabhu, age 15, is the innovator and founder of Re-think, a free app for students that combats cyberbullying.  The product that she created helps adolescents become more responsible digital citizens by giving them a second chance to pause and reconsider their decision to post a hurtful message through social media.  Trisha has received multiple awards including the “Global Anti-bullying hero” award from Auburn University and she has been a part of TEDxTeen.

    Watch a 1 1/2 minute clip from Trisha’s presentation here:

     

    Click here to view her TEDxTeen talk.

    Visit the ReThink website.

  • “I See You” Club – Interview with Darla

    July 7, 2015

    This month’s Hero is Darla, an incoming 9th grader who lives in Henderson, Nevada.  She joins Joe Bruzzese (Sprigeo’s Founder & CEO) to discuss the club she started. The main goal of the “I See You” Club is to reach out to those who are alone, specifically at lunch time.  By taking small intentional steps to connect with others, Darla is making positive change in her school community and beyond.

    To get in touch with Darla and learn about starting a club at your school, send her a direct message via her Instagram page, iseeu_usa.

  • Teens from Ireland Taking Action to Prevent Cyberbullying

    May 20, 2015

    After reading the following news story we contacted Elliot’s school and set up a time to interview him and his classmates to talk about their achievements. Even though Ireland is 8 hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone, through the magic of Skype and the enthusiasm of the students we were able to host a live interview this past Tuesday afternoon. Have the students at your school been involved with any bullying prevention efforts that we can recognize? If so, send us a short email and we will set up a Skype interview as we did with Elliot and his classmates. As you will see in the videos below, the students were thrilled about being recognized for their achievements.

    News Story:

    Elliot Davis (16), a student at Newbridge College secondary school in Co Kildare, was bullied for three years while in primary school – an experience that has made him “passionate” about ending bullying.

    He is one of 30 Transition Year students at his school to become anti-bullying ambassadors and yesterday he and his classmates were celebrated at the Diana Awards at a ceremony in Facebook’s European headquarters in Dublin which was attended by singer Nadine Coyle.

    The awards were set up in memory of Princess Diana and are supported by her sons, Princes William and Harry.

    “I was bullied in primary school from third class until sixth class. You’re so much more passionate about it when you have experienced it,” he said.

    “I wish there had been anti-bullying ambassadors in my primary school. I did my best to deal with it at the time, I spoke out and told my parents and then I tried to just block it out and continue doing what I enjoyed doing, like rugby and music,” he said.

    “I don’t want another student to wind up with a bullying story. It shouldn’t have to happen to anyone in their life.”

    He and his classmates have set up a confidential email account where pupils can report bullying.

    Meanwhile, Girls Aloud singer Nadine said being a public figure makes her a target for online abuse, but she ignores it.

    “I don’t listen, I just immediately block it. I know that bullying can be incredibly damaging and it’s important that young people come together to end its harmful effects.”

     

  • One Leg at a Time

    March 17, 2015

    Our founder, Joe Bruzzese, had the opportunity to meet a few members of the One Leg at a Time organization at the recent, National Conference on Bullying Prevention in Orlando.
    How do you put on your pants? … That’s definitely an odd question to be asked and its answer is not one you normally think about. The most common answer is “one leg at a time,” which happens to be the name of our organization. In 2010, a group of high school students decided bullying had to stop and the only way to do that was for students to stand up for each other. These motivated students, with the guidance of their teacher, Lori Povisil, came up with the idea of a student driven anti-bullying group called One Leg at a Time. The “One Leg at a Time” Initiative helps empower students to use their voices and ideas to change the culture and climate in their schools. Students create content, fund-raise for travel/presentations/scholarships, and donate their free time to making their schools safer for peers. This student-driven program develops our leaders for tomorrow by giving them a voice today! The meaning behind One Leg at a Time is that no matter your gender, age, race, nationality, size, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status or sexual preference we are all created equal and share two things in common: first, we are all human and second, we all put our pants on the same way – One Leg at a Time! If you want to learn more about One Leg at a Time contact us at onelegatatimeorg@gmail.com. Check out our website www.onelegatatime.org OR check us out on Facebook and Twitter.