On August 22, 2016, the New York Jets hosted first ever Anti-Bullying Symposium with hopes of showing educators across the community how to stop bullying once and for all.
The New York Jets and STOMP Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens across the U.S., continue their partnership in spearheading the fight against bullying by introducing the first team-driven anti-bullying symposium. More than 150 educators from across the tri-state area attended the trailblazing event at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
“We are very proud of our anti-bullying efforts to date and are looking to do much more. Our inaugural symposium is the latest initiative as part of the Jets ongoing commitment to raising awareness about the devastating effects of bullying,” said Neil Glat, New York Jets President. “In partnership with STOMP Out Bullying, we will continue to work with local educators and others in our quest to eliminate bullying.”
Hosted by Otis Livingston, CBS 2’s weekday sports anchor, the symposium included two panel discussions that focused on highlighting the latest trends in anti-bullying as well as the best practices to prevent bullying in schools. The interactive panels were moderated by Dr. Jeff Gardere, known as “America’s Psychologist,” who is a leading expert in mental health. Gardere was joined in discussions by several local professionals, including Ross Ellis, Founder and CEO, STOMP Out Bullying and National Bullying and Cyberbullying expert, Nick DeMauro of L.E.A.D (Law Enforcement Against Drugs), the largest law enforcement-focused drug and violence prevention organization, Carmen G. Vasto, a licensed professional counselor with more than a decade of experience working with children and adolescents, and Bruce Harper, a former member of the New York Jets and current President of Heroes and Cool Kids, John Barnes, Principal of the Albert Leonard Middle School and Alex Levy, STOMP Out Bullying Teen Ambassador. The first panel focused on “Latest Trends in Bullying” and the second concentrated on “Best Practices in Schools.”
Ross Ellis, founder and CEO, STOMP Out Bullying said “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the New York Jets and thank them for their dedication to end bullying. We are equally excited to present this symposium to tri-state educators in order to educate the schools on the best ways to help their students as they head back to school.”
Through the organization’s collaboration with STOMP Out Bullying, the Jets have provided educator bullying prevention toolkits to 1,000 schools in the tri-state area at no cost.
The toolkits enable educators to create meaningful dialogue, educate students through proven Social Emotional Learning, adopt character building and involve both students and faculty in working together to change school climates.
STOMP Out Bullying is proud to partner with the NY Jets. The New York Jets take great pride in a long-standing, year-round commitment to our community.