Jets to launch inaugural Anti-Bullying Symposium

The New York Jets will launch their 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 teenagers across the United States, will continue their partnership in spearheading the fight against bullying by introducing the first team-driven anti-bullying symposium on August 22. More than 150 educators from across the tri-state area are scheduled to attend 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 will include two panel discussions that focus on highlighting the latest trends in anti-bullying as well as the best practices to prevent bullying in schools. The interactive panels will be moderated by Dr. Jeff Gardere, known as “America’s Psychologist,” who is a leading expert in mental health. Gardere will be 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, among others. The first panel will focus on “Latest Trends in Bullying” and the second will concentrate on “Best Practices Across 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 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.

Over 150 educators will participate in the event held at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center Panel discussions will be moderated by Dr. Jeff Gardere, a leading mental health expert.

The New York Jets take great pride in a long-standing, year-round commitment to our community.

Programs funded by the New York Jets Foundation look to positively influence the lives of young men and women in the tri-state area by promoting fitness, supporting youth football and preventing bullying, particularly in disadvantaged communities. From launching football teams at urban high schools to urging students to be active for at least 60 minutes every day to fostering positive school environments, the New York Jets invest in programs that make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to our focus on youth development, the Jets support the efforts of the Alliance for Lupus Research and numerous established charitable organizations and causes sponsored by the NFL.

About STOMP Out Bullying™

The leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S. Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide, raising awareness, peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns. If you or someone you know are a victim of bullying, please go to www.stompoutbullying.org for help.