The New York Jets, STOMP Out Bullying and Municipal Credit Union announced today 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."
Through the organization's collaboration with STOMP Out Bullying, along with support from Municipal Credit Union, the Jets have provided educator prevention toolkits to over 1,000 schools in the tri-state area at no cost, conducted their annual Jets Tackle Bullying Symposium, created awareness through a robust PSA campaign and annually host an anti-bullying awareness day at MetLife Stadium on game day. To help the Jets tackle bullying please go to www.nyjets.com/antibullying.
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.