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Stand Strong USA, Inc

Getting help is the greatest sign of strength... when you don't know how, we got you.

aka Be Strong   |   Deerfield Beach, FL   |  https://bestrong.org

Mission

Be Strong's mission is to save and improve the lives of our youth by strengthening mental, emotional, and relational health, building resilience, and preventing bullying.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO

Mrs. Ashleigh E. Cromer

Founder

Mr. Roy J Moore

Main address

692B S. Military Trail

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 USA

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EIN

47-4241169

NTEE code info

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Not all injuries are visible. Exposure to social aggression and isolation can lead to a wide array of negative health behaviors and outcomes for our youth, including alcohol and drug use, self-harm, and suicide. Our youth population today has become increasingly hopeless and the statistics show this correlation. Be Strong strives to lower these statistics by empowering kids to influence positive change in their peers.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Student State Representative Program + We Dine Together

Be Strong’s Student State Representative program elevates the voices of inspiring students across the country who are working to create an inclusive tomorrow. Along with acts of kindness, advocacy, awareness and resilience training, Student State Representatives are now implementing our We Dine Together initiative on their school campuses. We Dine Together is a student-led, in-school outreach program with the sole purpose of combating social isolation, making sure no one has to eat alone. Student leaders break social barriers by coming together to share a meal and inviting other students to come join them. For new students, the club is a welcoming committee. To others, it can be a safe haven where they can be themselves without fear of rejection.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

The Be Strong Live Tour brings thousands of students together for a high-energy inspirational experience with hundreds of thousands more watching online. Bystanders, targets and aggressors experience hope and the opportunity for change. Motivational speakers, inspiring musicians and influencers that have personally overcome bullying show students what is possible in their own lives. These events provide a safe place for students in need to reveal their challenges to an adult and for students to engage in a decision to end bullying.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Be Strong created a high-impact resiliency program, bringing the proper social and emotional skills and tools to classrooms, lives and communities. The video/manual training program teaches us how to make friends and manage our emotions while navigating through life. In line with the Be Strong student-led approach, we need to help our administrators and school partners by providing student trainers. Any trainer can become an expert in less than an hour by going through a digital instructor training, then be ready to instruct the student training - as early as twelve years-old. This program provides kids (and adults) with the buoyancy to overcome the challenges associated with social aggression, isolation, and other challenging events by teaching resilience and social and emotional learning theories.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Be Strong App unites power with choice that saves & changes lives. You’ll find resources, support, intervention and best practices on combatting many adversities by increasing resilience, thus supporting you in emotional, behavioral and everyday challenges. If you or those you know are struggling with hunger, housing, escaping violence, mental health and much more, sit down with them and put your zip code in the local support section of the App – Help is at your fingertips, including one-touch resources, such as suicide lifeline and text help line.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Community Engagement Award, Group of the Year 2022

Broward County Public Schools

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Holding steady

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Charting impact

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Our mission is to stop the lasting negative psychological effects of social isolation and aggression - bullying. Not all aggressive behavior is qualified as bullying. We must clearly identify for students, parents/guardians, teachers and administrators what bullying actually is, and provide a safe place for students to reveal the challenges that they are facing, and provide them with support and resources when social injustice issues occur. An awareness must be created for students and parents/guardians who identify themselves as needing help after hearing “anti-bullying" or bullying-prevention messages. We build kids' social and emotional skills so they can respond to social aggression in ways that reduce or stop bullying, thus empowering youth to be the change they want to see in our world through hope and resiliency. To that end, we meet them where they are, by developing and implementing the Be Strong Digital Bridge, a set of digital tools that connects people of all ages.

In social settings such as school, kids typically fight for power and status, so some aggressive behavior is relatively normal (Belsky, 2010). Nevertheless, for the 5 to 15 percent of kids chronically bullied in school (Turner, 2013), this form of social aggression is anything but normal.
In social settings such as school, kids typically fight for power and status, so some aggressive behavior is relatively normal (Belsky, 2010). Nevertheless, for the 5 to 15 percent of kids chronically bullied in school (Turner, 2013), this form of social aggression is anything but normal.
At Be Strong, our goal was to create a school-wide program that builds kids' social abilities and, at the same time, provide them with the confidence to overcome the challenges associated with bullying (and other negative events) using resilience and social and emotional learning theories.
When social or physical aggression becomes criminal behavior, perpetrators should be punished appropriately. Like “anti-bullying” programs and policies, we recognize the necessity of making kids feel safe turning to adults for help. However, our view of the adults’ role is somewhat different than you see in other programs. Our goal is for adults to empower students to handle social problems on their own and to protect those students who genuinely don't know how to solve their social problems on their own. Adults teach and scaffold the development of these skills in the children so that they can eventually solve social problems on their own. The only time adults should actively play the role of enforcer is when students have criminally harmed others. Kids need adults to be a support system. That means adults need to help them feel safe enough to report real harm, but kids also need a strong inner confidence that gives them the strength to handle the issue on their terms. By understanding the social system within the school and by developing social and emotional skills, children will be prepared to handle almost any challenging situation (Jenson et al., 2013).

"Our aim in creating this program is to provide content, materials, and step-by-step instructions that will help teachers, school counselors, administrators, program directors, and parents deliver this program with minimal stress and additional resources. Following the lead of successful programs endorsed by educational and psychological scholars and professional practitioners, this program is:
• Based on prevailing theoretical (psychological and social) frameworks and evidence from behavioral sciences on human relationships and conflict management.
• Applied to more than just bullying; its core principles are relevant for all relationships, both positive and negative.
• Based on effective teaching and learning strategies that reinforce understanding through practice and application of simple core program principles.
• Targeted to the appropriate level for intervention – e.g., chronic victimization, occasional aggression, etc.
• Adaptable to fit appropriate developmental, cultural, linguistic, social, or physical differences, etc.
• Scalable for use with individuals, small groups, classrooms, and large audiences.
• Customizable for any desired timeframe and intervention level.
• Equally adaptable to any community, home, and school - parents, siblings, teachers, administrators, students, community leaders can benefit from it.
• Simple - to understand, learn, and execute.
• Quick - produces positive results almost immediately.
• Efficient - requires a minimal investment of budget & personnel resources.
• Sustainable through an easy, train-the-trainer model.

The Be Strong Resilience Program features four core elements:
• Social Development - Help participants to create resilience and self-efficacy to foster social and emotional strength.
• Research and Testing - Establish a foundation of scientific rigor to build, monitor and measure the program and each element.
• Home and Community - Provide parents with tools for coaching social development and supporting their children through positive reinforcement.
• Technology - Integrate materials into technology platforms so that students, parents, teachers, and administrators gain access to resources anywhere and at any time.

After you completing the program, participants will have the following skills to handle others' aggressive behaviors and deal with social conflict:
• Successfully apply the social-emotional learning theories to reduce social aggression.
• Use inner social and emotional awareness to thwart unwanted aggression more effectively.
• Assess and recognize which personal values and strengths will help them to overcome adversity.
• Respond to and end aggression appropriately - whether cultural, racial, socioeconomic, or disability-based.
• Comprehend humor and inject it into the situation to reduce or eliminate social tension.
• Build and maintain healthy relationships with peers, parents, siblings, and teachers.

Since 2015, Be Strong has reached four million kids with a message of hope and resiliency. We have hosted the world's largest bullying prevention events and taken to the road for two school tours. 2016 saw the debut of our Student State Representative program, as well as the resource-packed Be Strong mobile app. In 2017, not only was production of the Be Strong Resilience Program completed, we also produced a 45-minute bullying awareness and prevention documentary, and hosted a live, nationally simulcast screening event. 2018 saw the advent of our Speakers Bureau and addition of We Dine Together to our student representative program, increasing the reach of our student leadership programs by 295%. Our goal is to reach 50 million kids in the public-school system by 2020.

Financials

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Stand Strong USA, Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Roy Moore

Roy Moore

Elias Janetis

Francine Baugh-Stewart

Michael Rozenblum

Julie Girardin-Boynton

David Browne

William Weyroski

Organizational demographics

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