“Bullying is a vicious cycle where those bullied as children often grow up to bully others or worse, think about suicide,” said Sarah Murray, a recent graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School in Providence, R.I. Murray shared her personal experiences about being bullied as a teen with seventh grade students at Esek Hopkins Middle School earlier this month, continuing her legacy of spreading the awareness vital to deleting cyberbullying. Last October, Murray participated in a national bullying roundtable with Cox Communications in Las Vegas, partnering with teens across the nation to identify ways to stop bullying.
According to a 2014 survey by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, online bullying is a serious concern for teens and their parents. Key findings about teens surveyed include the following trends; three in ten teens claim to have been bullied online; one in ten admits to having bullied someone online and of teens who admit to being bullied online, only 41% have told an adult.
The prevalence of cyberbullying is concern, but it can be stopped. In Rhode Island, Cox has partnered with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to visit junior high schools and community agencies to teach kids how to “Take Charge!” of cyberbullying.
In the past 11 years, Cox has dedicated nearly $300 million in cash, in-kind and public service announcements to support programs that raise awareness of and help educate youth about online safety. Cox annually releases research about Internet safety. The company offers a number of resources to keep families safely connected via dedicated resources for families, movie and TV reviews, free parental control software and other measures. For additional information on Take Charge!, contact Mallard Holliday at email@example.com or 404-843-5981.
HBO presented four events, including the HBO Character and Scene Studio, a workshop encouraging emerging writers and directors to think outside the box, and a programming panel called A Peek Behind the Curtain, featuring actors from the shows True Blood, Getting On and Boardwalk Empire. These events were designed to emulate the festival's mission, tapping into the city's expansive and diverse creative community and promoting the universal appeal of Black cinema and talent.
“This is HBO’s 17th year at the ABFF and our longevity as founding and premier sponsor speaks to our commitment to the festival and its role as an incubator, marketer, creative influencer and entertainment brand,” said Dennis Williams, vice president, corporate social responsibility, HBO. “Partnering with festivals like the ABFF has allowed us to proudly play an integral part in supporting and empowering the multicultural creative community.”
The Time Warner Foundation presented a panel that focused on diversity in Hollywood as well as the Master Class series that ran throughout the Festival. Master Classes included Bill Duke's Actors Boot Camp and Rob Hardy's Amazing Stories, among many others. Turner also hosted a screening of the upcoming season of Adult Swim's original animated series Black Dynamite followed by a panel discussion. For additional information, contact Summer Wilkie at Summer.Wilkie@timewarner.com or 212-484-8000.
Cablevision created “Student Lens” to give students the opportunity to hone media creation skills as they recorded the daily activities of an elected official. The video is filmed and edited in its entirety by students with guidance supplied by Cablevision’s Local Programming Department throughout the process.
Following opening remarks from Principal Mario Santos, Cablevision’s Shawna Ryan spoke about the opportunities provided by the “Student Lens” project and then introduced Sen. Booker who discussed his experiences working on the video with the students. New media studies instructor Tom Wolverton then reviewed the project and introduced the video. After the film, Sen. Booker participated in a Q&A with audience members.
"I'd like to congratulate each of the students involved with the production of this video which creates a window to see public service in action," said Sen. Booker. "Through the Power to Learn 'Student Lens' program, young people learn what it takes to produce a video like this and also get an inside look at the workings of government and the multiple responsibilities of elected officials. I commend Cablevision for providing the students at East Side High School with this opportunity."
Power to Learn, Cablevision’s nationally recognized education initiative, is dedicated to integrating technology into education. It also provides innovative educational curricula and tools designed to make technology useful to teachers, students and parents. More information, contact Kristen Blank at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-803-2358.
“Scripps Networks is committed to doing what we can to strengthen the communities where our employees live and work,” said Cindy McConkey, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility, Scripps Networks Interactive, with its global headquarters in Knoxville. “With a history of advocating for women in technology and leadership roles, the opportunity to inspire potential future technology leaders is a natural extension of our community giving strategy.”
The summer touring program, sponsored by STEMspark, Tennessee Tech University and Launch Tennessee, will help girls garner interest in computer programming, Web development, gaming and computer applications. According to the U.S. Labor Department, only 12 percent of employees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are women.
The 100 Girls of Code workshops will include an introduction into computer programming, a tutorial of the latest website development techniques and a look at the most innovative gaming development strategies, all taught by female programmers. Some events, including those scheduled in Knoxville, will also incorporate a panel of women leaders in technology, with women working in digital media, Internet technology and social media at Scripps Networks scheduled to talk with the girls involved in the workshop. For additional information contact Sammy Lowdermilk at Sammy@tncodeacademy.com or 931-224-7770.
Previously, as regional winners, these six businesses had won a $5,000 cash award plus Comcast Business Internet and TV services for two years, along with a $2,500 credit for other Comcast services. They will be recognized at an awards ceremony in New York City on August 25. The winners also receive a VIP tour of 30 Rockefeller Center and attend a dinner prepared by chef Irvine, on August 26.
The six winners come from a wide range of companies across the U.S. The businesses are; entreDonovan, a Wilmington, Del. maker of custom clothing for professional women; Neiswanger Management Services, a Hyattsville, Md. provider of management services to healthcare facilities; PicturePoint On-line, a San Jose, Calif. producer of online videos for businesses, non-profits and other organizations; Spa La Paws, a Spring, Texas mobile pet grooming service; Unwind Yarn and Gifts in Savannah, Ga. offers yarn and knitting materials; and West Palm Animal Clinic, a full service animal hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.
"These six winners have compelling stories and business plans, and public voting has identified them as top entrepreneurs among our national field of entries," said Terry Connell, senior vice president, Comcast Business. "They have shown the ability to utilize technology in their business, and with the help of the Innovation 4 Entrepreneurs program, they have the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from top experts to help take their organization to a whole new level." For additional information contact Kate Finn at email@example.com or 215-286-7727.
The endeavor is an eight-week program designed to engage Central Ohio students ages 5-13 and includes hands-on inquiry based STEM principals utilizing Aquaponics and urban farming, a sustainable method used to produce herbs, fruits and vegetables in synergistic elements that use 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional farming practices.
St. Stephen’s Community House is touted as providing “womb to tomb care” in five core service areas all of which has earned national accreditation from the Council on Accreditation and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. For additional information on the AquaStar project and its support by Time Warner Cable, contact Judy Barbao at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-481-5389.
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