Category Archives: Bullying
Hopkinton Patch article 7/10/14
Three youths from the Boston-area were chosen from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in their local communities.
“Kohl’s is proud to recognize the 182 regional winners nationwide for their dedication to making their communities a better place to live,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “We commend these bright volunteers for being inspiring examples for others as they have made a difference in their own communities and touched the lives of others through their efforts.”
One of the Local recipients of $1,000 scholarships is Meredith Prunty, 18, Hopkinton. After learning a teenager committed suicide after being bullied, Meredith made it her mission to put an end to the problem. Meredith uses her social media sites, gives speeches and serves as the spokesperson for The Brand U R, an organization committed to promoting self-confidence.
Winners are chosen based on initiative, leadership, generosity and project benefits and outcome. Each regional-level winner qualifies for one of Kohl’s 10 national scholarships, which will be announced at the end of July. National winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. In total, Kohl’s will recognize more than 2,300 young volunteers with nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 22,000 kids, including the 2014 winners, with more than $4.3 million in scholarships and prizes. The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is part of Kohl’s Cares, Kohl’s philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children.
For more information on the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program visit kohlskids.com.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
As many of you know, I have been a big supporter of anti-bullying company “The Brand UR” since it was first formed. This is why I am so pleased that they will be having their West Coast Launch in August 2013. This event is so exciting as it shows that people of all ages are coming together to support the movement to end bullying. Here is the write-up for the event:
On August 9, 2013, The Brand UR will be coming to Los Angeles for an official red carpet launch party! What started as a small organization in the town of Carver, Massachusetts, is now spreading nationally! Below is some information on celebrities and sponsors, but don’t think that’s all! We love surprises and if we told you everyone/everything involved, there’d be none!
Each ticket holder will get to enjoy food, drinks, music, performances, a photobooth and Glitter Tattoos. Each ticket holder will also be going home with a VIP giftbag worth up to $150 each! Spokespeople Ashley Tramonte, Paisley Dickey & Addison LaFountain will also be speaking at the event and sharing their stories!
Celebrities Expected: Asia Monet Ray (DANCE MOMS), Paisley Dickey (THE BRAND UR SPOKESPERSON and TODDLERS & TIARA’S STAR), Mollee Gray (TEEN BEACH MOVIE), Sophia Lucia (DANCE MOMS), Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World), Mckenna Grace (Crash & Bernstein), Skai Jackson (JESSIE), Jordyn Jones (Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition), Lauren Suthers (Singer), Isabella Palmieri (Good Luck Charlie), Ashley Tramonte (Grown Ups 2), Kenton Duty (Shake It Up), Katherine McNamara (Kickin It, Glee), Amber Montana (The Haunted Hathaways), Ella Anderson (ANT Farm), Aedin Mincks (ANT Farm), Dylan Riley Snyder (Kickin’ It), Camryn (SINGER), Malia Tyler (GRANITE FLATS), Katie Silverman (HAPPY ENDINGS) and many more announced soon!
PERFORMANCES BY: Lauren Suthers, BLAKE and Paisley Dickey
SPONSORS: Dream Magazine, Miss Ali’s Cake Pops, Sound Waves DJ, Purity Organic, OPI Nailpolish. Glittertainment, Snikiddy Snacks, Pretzel Crisps, KISS Impress Nails, Apparel Dynasty, Chopper Kisses, ZEVIA, Pirate’s Booty and many more to be announced!
Since I can’t be there in person (due to a schedule conflict) I created a video that will air at the party. I am excited to help contribute to this wonderful cause.
If you are interested in attending, tickets can be purchased here: http://thebrandur.eventbrite.com/
I am super excited about my latest project – the music video “Bully Proof” for The Brand UR. As most of you know, I have been an anti-bullying advocate for almost 3 years now, having experienced bullying first hand and also in some of the roles that I have played. Yesterday we filmed “BULLY PROOF” staring myself, Paisley Dickey, Ashley Tramonte, Ashley Jermaine, Caitlin O’Neil and a host of others. I am so proud of my peers for dedicating their time and resources to come together to make this video. I have no doubt that it will be a sensational hit. Also – the video demonstrates that bullying can happen to anyone. Regardless of how you look or how you feel, anyone can be a victim. Caitlin is Miss. Massachusetts – and she has been bullied. Ashley Tramonte is a very successful actress – and she has been bullied. Paisley Dickey – the adorable star of Toddlers and Tiaras has been bullied by the media. Bullying can happen to anyone at anytime. We need to continue to raise awareness because bullying is everywhere. Please do your part and spread the word. Share this post, share the video when it comes out. Stop bullying when it is happening. Together we CAN make change happen.
As most of you know – I have been an anti-bully advocate ever since I starred in Michael and Marissa’s anti-bullying music video “The Same” 3 years ago. That video has appeared virtually everywhere including Yahoo!kids, PBSGoKids! and hundreds of other sites. In addition to that video – I have experienced bullying first hand and know how very painful it is. Because people know that I am an anti-bullying advocate, I am frequently asked to do speeches which – time permitting – I always jump at as I feel it is important to get the message out that bullying should not be tolerated. People always asked if I ever get nervous when I talk to large crowds and I and the truth is – I don’t have the luxury of being nervous because my message is so important. So doing anti-bullying speeches is exactly how I ended up on a MTV Made episode. I was in New Jersey at the East Coast National Beauty Pageant over the summer and one of the contestants (Maeve Gallagher) was being filmed for an MTV Made episode. She wanted to be made into a beauty queen in order to raise awareness on domestic violence. Maeve did a very emotional tear jerking performance for her talent portion (all contestants have a platform) which touched me in a way that is hard to describe. She had a friend Karissa who she lost due to domestic violence and by entering the contest – she was raising awareness. I had a chance to meet with Maeve and discuss the subject and we really connected. MTV was stealth and I didn’t realize I was being filmed until after. I am actually really glad that it was caught on film because MTV has a large audience as well as many connections. Hopefully it will help spread the word that bullying (which goes hand in hand with domestic violence) is not in any way acceptable. We all need to do our part to stop it and standing on the sidelines is not what is going to make a difference. I hope that everyone watches this episode and understands the powerful message behind it. Click on the picture of Maeve to post a message on the “Made” Facebook page telling them that you want to see more Made episodes like this. Tell them Meredith Prunty sent you and maybe they will do an episode on me next so I can continue my anti-bully rally. Please tune into MTV Made on October 18th at PM to watch. Bring your tissues – it’s going to be emotional.
I recently had the honor of being interviewed for an article by reporter Ken Murray. I really appreciate the opportunity to get the anti-bullying word out and love all of my fans for making it the most shared* article on Mr. Murray’s Examiner series “Local Talent Showcase”. The article also talks about my busy summer on the movie sets that are being filmed around the Boston area. Click on my picture and it will link you to the article.
*Shared on Facebook 430 plus as of Aug. 5, 2012
my friend and anti-bully advocate Shane Graham. Together we spread the word that bullying can be stopped and it starts with everyone committing to zero tolerance. We were also invited to participate in the fashion show and wear some of the top Boston designer outfits while walking the runway. The event was a huge success with ‘Fast’ Freddy Murphy from Mix104.1 CBS Radio hosting and several photographers (WG Digital Images and Mike Egan Photography) and magazine editors from “Isabels” and “Original Living” coming out in support. I have attached the “Press Write-up” as well as some of the pictures from the event.
Meredith Prunty, 16 year old actress and anti-bully advocate is relentless in her quest to raise awareness about bullying. Meredith is currently one of the busiest young actresses in the New England area with over 13 movies to her credit including role as “Young Lacey” in the movie “Mark of the Dog Rose” and her recent appearance on the films “Grown Ups 2” and “BackMask”. Despite her busy schedule, Meredith makes it a priority to speak out at every opportunity about bullying. Meredith feels that teens need to stop teens. Being a bystander is not acceptable including when it comes to cyber bullying which is on the rise. No stranger to the media, Meredith has appeared on numerous television interviews, newspaper articles and national publications where she tenaciously spreads the anti-bullying message. In addition, Meredith gained global recognition for her poignant performance as the “Bleeder” in Michael and Marisa’s wildly successful “The Same” anti-bully music video which was seen on sites such as Yahoo! and PBGGoKids. Thousands of fans follow Meredith on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites creating tremendous social media presence which she uses to effectively promote and communicate anti-bullying awareness. Her loyal fans help Meredith spread the anti-bullying message. A recent article in VIV magazine was shared over 5,000 times and HCAM news director Michelle Murdock reported that their recent story covering Meredith’s speech at “The Brand UR” rally was the most watched video 3 months in a row. For additional information or requests for interviews please visit Meredith’s website at http://www.meredithprunty.com where links to article, current events and anti-bulling news and contact information can be found.
Shane Graham-Bevis, is a 14 year old teen advocate against anti-bullying. At some point in our lives everyone has been bullied, called names or picked on. For some it ends, but for others it does not, it is those victims. Shane reaches out to. Shane was once a victim and stood up for himself and feels it is the only way to end bullying. Shane has done a lot to promote awareness and has been in numerous articles including front page of the Lowell Sun Newspaper, television , radio. In addition, Shane has done numerous public speaking engagements, flash mobs, spoke before the Mayor of Lowell and School committee and modeled to raise awareness about the long term effects bullying has on people, and the numerous ways it can affect adulthood. Shane has attended festivals and passed out information, sold t-shirts, posters and other products related to Shane’s Anti-bullying Program. Shane recently became a nonprofit and acquired a EIN number and have developed a team of kids that have all been bullied in the past and help with his program and dance in our rap.
Hey everyone! I attached the PR announcement for another anti-bullying event I will be speaking at. All the details are listed below. Hope you can join us!
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT