New York JETS ‘STOMP Out Bullying’ by Naming Jets ‘Upstander of the Week’

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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 Lupus Research Alliance and numerous established charitable organizations and causes sponsored by the NFL.

The New York Jets, STOMP Out Bullying and Municipal Credit Union announced that eighth grader Messiah P. of Science Park High School in Newark, NJ, has been named this week’s Jets Upstander of the Week.

Returning for 2017, the New York Jets will continue their anti-bullying school initiative called “Jets Upstander of the Week.”  For each of the 16 weeks during the season, the Jets will ask schools to submit a photo and description of a student that is an Upstander.  The Jets will highlight one Upstander a week across their social media platforms and on the video boards during home games.

“Messiah took it upon herself to tutor another student who really needed the extra attention. This student had turned in an assignment, but only scored a 70% and was behind due to missing a bit of class,” said Science Park Principal, Kathleen Tierney. “Rather than just giving her classmate the answers, Messiah was really coaching her. Messiah’s efforts and concern enabled the student to do better the following week.”

Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.

In this diverse world, STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, inclusion and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.

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