We are pleased to welcome Audrey Pass to our STOMP Out Bullying’s Board of Advisors. To provide an opportunity for our supporters and followers to get to know her better, we’ve interviewed Audrey on important bullying topics, her experience and hopes for STOMP Out Bullying, and shared her responses in this post.
Q: How were you originally introduced to STOMP Out Bullying?
Audrey: I first became involved with STOMP Out Bullying as a television producer and public affairs director. I aired the PSA’s on our station and was moved by the mission. I featured the organization on our morning show and ultimately found ways for myself and my daughter—a longtime youth ambassador—to get involved and further support the cause.
Q: Which of STOMP Out Bullying's initiatives do you feel most passionately about?
Audrey: I am extremely concerned about cyberbullying. STOMP Out Bullying has been a leader in that space since bullying was introduced to the Internet. More recently, I am excited about “Culture Shock” and the initiative to end bullying and to promote inclusivity and acceptance among all youth.
Q: How does your background/experience lend itself to your role on the Board?
Audrey: I’ve served on the advisory board for many years, and am now able to take a more active role. My background in corporate communications, content creation, media relations, brand marketing and development enables me to share my expertise and help build strategic alliances, raise funds, and promote the mission to a global audience.
Q: What did you learn from your past work that you are carrying into your role with STOMP Out Bullying?
Audrey: I learned a lot about cryptocurrency and fundraising. I am able to transfer that knowledge as well as leverage my skills in digital marketing to continue to grow revenue streams and further build the brand. My background in both the corporate sector and nonprofit space enables me to connect people and build valued strategic alliances and mutually beneficial partnerships.
Q: Do you have any personal experiences related to bullying that you'd like to share?
Audrey: I remember being bullied as a teen and I turned the attention away from myself and towards someone else who then became a target. I later stepped in and became an “upstander” rather than a bystander, but only after I had caused hurt feelings. I was so ashamed, I corrected my behavior and befriended and defended those who needed it most from then on. I’ve taught my daughter to be a compassionate, empathetic upstander.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your involvement in STOMP Out Bullying?
Audrey: I hope to keep the mission forefront in the minds and hearts of supporters. There are so many important causes to rally around, and we cannot ignore the long-lasting, devastating impact of bullying on a child’s health and well-being.
Q: How do you see STOMP Out Bullying evolving over the next decade?
Audrey: I see STOMP out Bullying evolving in so many ways! The scope of the mission expands as society adapts new technology. Fundraising evolves around non-traditional methods and a wider spectrum of opportunity. As we expand globally, we have even greater opportunities to educate people and highlight the beauty and necessity of different cultures and freedom of expression.
Q: What is your main advice for individuals dealing with bullying?
Audrey: Seek support! Talk to a trusted partner—a parent, teacher, friend, mentor. There are resources, including STOMP Out Bullying, to gain advice and learn practical tactics. You are not alone, and help is available.
Q: Advice for parents dealing with their kids being bullies?
Audrey: Communication is key. Talk to your children and probe them for insight. Find out what is causing this behavior and how you can course correct. Listen. Don’t be in denial and understand that your child needs help as well as the individual being bullied.
Q: Advice for educators to help prevent bullying and create safe environments?
Audrey: Do not reward bullying behavior. Lift up and support one another and intervene immediately when someone is being bullied or ostracized. Take action. Model good behavior and enforce rules. Encourage open dialogue and initiate a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere with your words and actions.