Like many business owners, trying to survive and recover loses from a failed economy can be a bit rough. After the turmoil and spiraled let down from her past business Quintina is on to something great. She’s on to her contribution to the world in change. In a fight to remain a fresh productive member of society 33 year old Quintina Strange has launched Bully Buzz to Riverside and San Bernardino County Schools, Communities, and work places.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this organization, Bully Buzz is a Bully Intervention and Empowerment Organization for young children, teens, and young adults for the local areas of Riverside and San Bernardino County. It is an extension of Teen Social Network, Coko Buzz. Their goal is to prevent and maintain a zero tolerance of bulling in schools, work places, and communities. They focus on reducing and preventing bullying, cyber bullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in their communities. Bully Buzz teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating young children, teens, and young adults in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide, raising awareness, peer mentoring programs in schools and for the public.
Bully Buzz enables young children, teens and young adults to submit private request online seeking assistance for bulling situations they may be facing at school, work, or within their community. Their request will create a support ticket in which they will be able to follow the intervention process from beginning to end. They will be able to see times and dates, action taken, and all the forms of contact made within their intervention process, giving them a sense of security that they have someone truly working on their behalf to help secure their saftey. In the upcoming weeks they will be implementing the Bully Buzz Hotline for incoming calls on reports of abuse . They intervene at every level possible including helping children and teens talk to their parent or guardian about their situation, going to schools and speaking with administration, or even in some extreme situations going to the proper authorities.
Bullies who are seeking to get help may also submit their information online as well. There is also a place for anonymous reports for those who want to report a situation but want their identity to be protected.
“At Bully Buzz we believe that every person regardless of race, gender, religion, personal trend, and sexual preference has a right to be their own individual in their own way without having to face the fear of being hurt by anyone because of who they are. We want bullies to know being a bully is a reckless action that can ruin their life and inevitably hurt or kill someone maybe even themselves. They need to understand that it’s okay to admit they have a problem and get help for their anger and other issues that they have going on in their lives. We also want the victims of bullies to know they have power. They have the power to not allow themselves to be harmed. They need to know and understand that reporting a bully is not snitching. It’s protecting your safety and the safety of others,” she says.
Her determination paid off when Bully Buzz went live to the world May 2011 and has recently received their first request for intervention, and has implemented 3 new programs into the organization.
My Brother's Keeper , My Sister's Keeper Programs, and WROYL Secret Society are now apart of the Bully Buzz Intervention and Empowerment Program's Intervention process for young boys and girls and young men and ladies.
According to the organizations website they will use the programs as part of their Intervention process that helps build and correct integrity and character issues in young children and teens who bully.
Upon entering the program the bully will have to go through a humility structure and humbling period where he will have to hold a sign for 2 hours in public view.
Within this program bullies will have to become peer consultants to those victims who reach out to Bully Buzz for bully intervention, giving them an opportunity to hear and feel the pain that they put their victims through.
Bully Buzz believes My Brother's Keeper, My Sister's Keeper Programs, and WROYL Secret Society will:
1. Create awareness between peers by implementing unified circumstances that create
confidential, and trust-worthy communication.
2. Create awareness that everyone is different, but should be treated equally in non-
3. Teach proper communication and self-awareness.
4. Create self-control.
5. Impose unity which will decrease and eliminate violence.
6. Create peace in order to create focus on education and life skills needed to be
productive in society.
“My life has been a real roller coaster. Being able to give back to society, our communities, and our kids means the world to me and I know it means a lot to a whole lot of other people as well. I'm hoping Bully Buzz will become nation wide so I can give back and help the world. Saving our children and their lives is what's important. We have to help and save our future, and I will do everything I can to do my part," says Quintina.
If you live in the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino County, you are a victim of a bully, you know of someone who is being bullied, or you are a bully who is seeking help visit http://www.bullybuzz.org to submit your request for intervention.