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  • 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.

  • Dylan’s Story

    February 4, 2015
     This past month I met 13-year-old, Dylan Cruz. He told his story about being the target of bullying at a national event in Washington, DC in front of a crowd full of supportive onlookers. This past week I interviewed Dylan using Skype. Watch the interview after watching the video he created for Facebook. A short summary of his story is included below.

    Dylan’s video for Facebook: 

    Dylan’s Skype interview: 

     

    Dylan’s Story:  In 2011, Dylan was incessantly bullied in school, on the football field, and through social media by those he called “friends” and “teammates”. By 2012, feeling suicide was his only way out, Dylan nearly ended his own life due to the incessant bullying he endured. Many nights thereafter, Dylan and his mother Christine would cry [together] begging God to help them. As a mother, Christine had no idea where to turn or even how to save her son. But through the student ministry at Passion City Church in Atlanta and through close friends and family Christine’s prayers were finally answered and Dylan’s life changed in ways she could not have even imagined. Today, Dylan is now living proof that your test is your testimony!  Dylan is also a Youth Ambassador for Listen To Our Voices and he spoke about his struggles at the December 5th Anti-Bullying/Youth Violence Symposium in Washington D.C.

    Visit the Listen to Our Voices website to learn more about their mission and their program.

  • Survival Guide to Bullying Author

    January 27, 2015

    Meet Aija Mayrock, author of “The Survival Guide to Bullying”, which provides a road map for teens, written by a kid, for a kid.  Now 19, she has been visiting schools and talking about her book and what inspired her to share her story.  Aija’s book  is currently available electronically and will be going to print this summer.  In our interview, she discusses this book as well as her experiences with film.

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  • We Care

    November 21, 2014

    Earlier this month, we interviewed Logan, Haley, and Nate McKinney. They attend Evans City Elementary School in Pennsylvania, where they participated in a play called “Bullies Anonymous”. In addition, they are also a part of a communitywide anti-bullying program called “We Care”, which highlights 5 measures you can take to stand up against bullying. The three siblings are very passionate about the programs and plan to continue taking measures to prevent bullying.  You will see that they had a lot of fun holding the camera during our Skype interview.

  • Lizzie Sider – “Butterfly”

    September 3, 2014

    This week, Sierra spent some time talking with 16 year old Lizzie Sider from Florida. On tour, Lizzie has visited states all around the country, sharing her music and passion for self-esteem with hundreds of thousands of students. Check out this interview to learn more about Lizzie’s experience with bullying and how she is using it to positively impact young people all around the world through her music!

     

    Lizzie Interview from Sprigeo on Vimeo.

     

     

    Click here to visit Lizzie’s website.

  • “Confessions of a Bully” Video – Cameron

    July 14, 2014

    Sierra had the great pleasure of interviewing Cameron (a 2nd grader from Beaumont, California) who tells us about his video project that helps teach others about bullying and accepting others. Cameron had personal experience being on the bullying side of an incident at school and he used this experience to make a positive difference. He shares with us what he has learned through the process and his message to others who watch his video.

    Cameron’s video

    Click here to visit Cameron’s website or to Like his Facebook page.

  • Leaders in Life – Part 2 with Sophie

    June 26, 2014

    As a follow up to our interview with Ariane and David from Leaders in Life last fall, we met Sophie who was one of the volunteers for this year’s conference. Check out her interview to hear more about the 15th Annual Leaders in Life Conference this spring.

    To contact Leaders in Life or learn more about next year’s conference, please visit their website. View our initial interview with Ariane and David.

  • Christian’s Buddy Bench

    May 29, 2014

    Sprigeo’s intern, Sierra Siebern, had the privilege to interview Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania. Christian has been interviewed for The Today Show, Scholastic News, TED, and many other incredible media outlets.

    Christian has been talking to schools across the country about the positive difference that Buddy Benches can make for schools. The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Check out the video as Christian explains the Buddy Bench and what it stands for:


    For more information about the buddy bench or to learn more about creating one for your school community, visit Buddybench.org. As of today, over 250 benches are tracked on the map on Christian’s website.

  • Naomi and the Phoenix Panel

    April 8, 2014

    Meet Naomi, a senior at Palisade Preparatory School in Yonkers, New York.  She has played an integral role in shaping the Phoenix Panel at her school, a program that involves peer-peer mediation to address incidents of bullying.  Take a look at our interview to find out how this program came together and how you may be able to bring something similar to your school. Kudos to Naomi and her school administration for working together towards a safer school climate!