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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.

    Alexis Quinn


    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 Check out our website 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.


    coverandbook-EDIT-copyVisit Aija’s website


  • 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.

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