The Creative Coalition and World Wrestling Entertainment, co-founders of the Be a STAR (Show Tolerance and Respect) anti-bullying initiative, announced the winners of the first Be a STAR grant program.
The program, which originally planned to offer four $25,000 grants, has instead awarded grants totaling $125,000 to five qualified non-profit public charities that develop and implement anti-bullying programs.
One of the winning charities is from Fort Lauderdale.
National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE), Fort Lauderdale: NVEEE is a community-based non-profit whose mission is to prevent bullying, violence and suicide among youth, families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education. The Be a STAR grant will fund the Peace Ambassadors program, which serves approximately 7,000 students in Fort Lauderdale who will participate in tailored workshops that have integrated Be a STAR resources and training. The Peace Ambassador program is a leadership program comprised of students who serve as advocates and leaders to prevent bullying, suicide and violence in their schools and communities. Additionally, through the support of the Be a STAR grant, NVEEE will provide parents and students with information and resources from Be a STAR alliance members.
Be a STAR is an anti-bullying initiative co-founded in 2011 by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Its mission is to encourage young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect through education and grassroots initiatives. WWE and The Creative Coalition leverage the power of The Creative Coalition’s entertainment industry constituencies and WWE’s global brand and platforms to help combat the bullying epidemic plaguing today’s youth.
“The Creative Coalition is a proud co-founder and architect of Be a STAR,” Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition said in a release. “We are committed to harnessing the power of the arts and influence of the entertainment industry to serve the common good and the citizenry. And, the best way to do that is to put our strength behind the Be a Star program that brings much-needed direct resources to the nation's schoolchildren.”
Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE, said: “WWE is proud to implement its first-ever Be a STAR grant program and offer five distinguished and deserving non-profits support for their anti-bullying programs. Due to the overwhelming response from many deserving organizations, we decided to award an additional grant for a total of $125,000. Our hope is that these five grants will provide the additional resources needed to help combat bullying in their communities.”
BY ADAM H. BEASLEY
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The two men, who both returned to the limelight last week, would often profanely discuss their sexual conquests and taste for nightlife. The correspondence appears to support Incognito’s contention that the two men were friends, but certainly, the language used would be offensive to many.
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BY BROCK VERGAKIS
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In January, Attorney General Mark Herring's office notified the federal court in Norfolk that it would not defend the 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment in a lawsuit — a move with the potential to give gay marriage its first foothold in the South. Republicans have accused Herring of abandoning his responsibility to defend the state's laws and a handful of protesters gathered at the federal courthouse Tuesday morning shouted phrases decrying his position and carried signs such as "Herring's herring. AG's must uphold the law."
Across the street, about just as many gay-marriage supporters shouted their support for the plaintiffs in the case and carried signs saying "Marry who you love."
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