Not all heroes wear capes!

These 14 teenagers are the "big kids" with hearts of gold and ethics of steel that you can only hope to run into in a dark alley - or welcome children at the bus stop. These Official & Super Ambassadors (some former Friend Mail Recipients!) were selected to be Founding Members of the Teen Kindness-In-Action Board for their self-motivated initiatives and acts-of-kindness, past and present, that have involved our mission and support for victims of bullying. 

 

9 of the 14 Board Members were cast members first from either the 2015 debut, 2017 professional run or a licensed production of the middle school show "IT'S EASY! The Friend Strong Musical" that inspired the Be A Friend Project, proving that what kids learn through theater, they never forget. These cast members have remained committed to making a difference by bringing to life the "speak up, reach out and be a friend" message they acted out on stage.

If you're looking to do more to make a difference in your community or for a bullied peer, read the stats of these Teen Board Members for great ideas to inspire your own!

Board Members are listed in alphabetical order...

Adam Cabo 

New York  11th Grade

  • Participant in 2015 Theater Lab in Garrison, NY, for "IT'S EASY!" between the show's debut and professional productions.

  • Performed the role of lead "Bully Boy" (VINNY) in the 2017 Broadway World Award-winning production of "IT'S EASY!"

  • Chose the BAFP as his bar mitzvah project raising funds and awareness of bullying and our mission.

  • 2018 Super Ambassador Award

  • Collaborated with his sister, Noga, to compose an emotional and inspiring anti-bullying song "Who Are You?" and gifted it to the Be A Friend Project to inspire donations and amplify his message of support for victims of bullying.

  • Created "Who Are You?" song video - featured HERE on Adam's page!

Jaimiaya Davis 

Virginia  8th Grade

  • 2019 Friend Mail Recipient

  • 2020 Official Ambassador Award

  • Since receiving her own surprise delivery of peer support, Jaimiaya has supported every Recipient with her signature combination of original "art with heart" and a generous personalized gift.

  • 2020 Excellence in Art Award for her winning entry in the Card Cover Art Contest -  virtual letter writers can select Jaimiaya's card cover when using our Send-A-Virtual-Letter page.

Aidan Duver

New York  10th Grade

  • Performed the role of protagonist, JED TRAVIS, in the 2017 Broadway World Award-winning production of "IT'S EASY!"

  • Volunteered his time and talent in the recording studio to lay down vocals for the "IT'S EASY!" Licensing Kit's Vocal Reference Track MP3's

  • Wrote and illustrated an anti-bullying children's book titled "The Fantastic, Stupendous, Marvelous, Dazzling, Be Yourself, Tree House"(dedicated to the co-founders of the Be A Friend Project!) to show kids that "they can be themselves, be UPstanders and lift each other up" and he gave readings of the book to kindergarten classes.

Kimmie Edge  

New York  11th Grade

  • Volunteer BAFP Office & Event Assistant helping prepare for and facilitate local letter-writing events, bringing great empathy and insight to the BAFP as a survivor of severe bullying who is now committed to supporting other bullied children and raising anti-bullying awareness.

  • Member of the volunteer "Letter Review Crew" since 2019

  • 2020 Super Ambassador Award

  • 2020 Excellence in Art Award for her winning entry in the Card Cover Art Contest -  virtual letter writers can select Kimmie's card cover when using our Send-A-Virtual-Letter page.

  • Accepted the volunteer role of Social Media Teen Ambassador in 2020 to help us post content on the Project's Instagram and Twitter pages.

  • 2021 Peer Judge for the national "Once Friends" Lip Sync Battle to raise awareness of Social Bullying

Kylie Hogan  

New York  10th Grade

  • Performed the role of TAYLOR in the 2017 Broadway World Award-winning production of "IT'S EASY!"

  • Volunteered her time and talent in the recording studio to lay down vocals for the "IT'S EASY!" Licensing Kit's Vocal Reference Track MP3's

  • Consistently since 2017 recruited friends and groups like her Girl Scout troop to write letters of support to Recipients.

  • For her International Bacclaureate class project, Kylie asked: how can I have the biggest impact on the  growth of the Be A  Friend Project? She designed a one-page document that makes it easy for educators to assign a Friend Mail activity, especially when remote learning, by streamlining the process. Her Google Doc is now a model for Ambassadors nationwide to maximize collection of peer support for our Friend Mail Recipients.

  • Holds the record of 180 letters for one Recipient raised by an individual Ambassador!

  • 2021 Peer Judge and Event Coordinator for the national "Once Friends" Lip Sync Battle to raise awareness of Social Bullying

Ethan Katz 

New York  11th Grade

  • Performed the role of AVERY in the 2015 WORLDWIDE DEBUT production of "IT'S EASY!" in collaboration with the Riverdale "Y" Rising Stars

  • ORIGINAL Member of the 2015 youth actor focus group that developed the Be A Friend Project

  • First ever to throw a Be A Friend Project party with peers

  • 2018 Super Ambassador Award as longest-running individual letter writer

  • Honored BAFP Co-Founders Young and Akselrad by taking the stage to introduce them as honorees at the 2019 Annual Broadway Gala of the Riverdale Y, NYC.

Erin Kazmierczak  

Michigan  10th Grade

  • Performed the role of GABBY in the 2017 Broadway World Award-winning production of "IT'S EASY!" in Irvington, NY

  • Volunteered her time and talent in the recording studio to lay down vocals for the "IT'S EASY!" Licensing Kit's Vocal Reference Track MP3's

  • As a Presentation Ambassador, Erin held 4 meetings with the incoming Student Governments at her former elementary school to pitch the BAFP and succesfully recruit them as Ambassadors, collecting dozens of letters for multiple Recipients over years.

  • 2018 Super Ambassador Award 

  • Introduced the BAFP to the Interlochen Arts Academy community in Michigan in 2020 where she attends high school, inspiring and sending dozens of heartfelt letters for Recipients - and teaming up with fellow voice students to send amazing song videos of support!

Keely Miyamoto  

California  11th Grade

Robert Rooney  

Pennsylvania  9th Grade

  • 2017 Friend Mail Recipient - who was a great sport at being surprised with his Friend Mail on stage by the professional cast of "IT'S EASY!" and an after-show "meet & greet"

  • Has consistently supported subsequent Recipients with letters and videos of support

  • Volunteered to travel and present TWO surprise deliveries of Friend Mail to Recipients in Pennsylvania, Ethan (2018) and Anthony (2019 with TEACH Anti-Bullying).

  • 2018 Super Ambassador Award

  • UPSTANDER ROBERT has appeared on TV News with Dr. Claudio Cerullo of TEACH Anti-Bullying in PA to talk about his ordeal with being bullied.

  • Won the debate stage at school advocating for victims of bullying!

Peter Samuelson 

New York  10th Grade

  • 2020 Super Ambassador Award

  • One of a team of 7 friends turned Ambassadors to hold round-table discussions with Cornwall Central School District administrators/teachers and act as liaison to individual school buildings to facilitate the distribution of BAFP info and pick-up of letters

  • Tech Volunteer for shooting On-Air Ambassador's videos

  • Designing online"Red Bubble" store with merchandise to include products with the BAFP logo to help raise funds and awareness for the BAFP mission. 

Daniel Simpson   

New Jersey  10th Grade

  • Performed the role of JASON in the 2017 Broadway World Award-winning production of "IT'S EASY!"

  • Chose the Be A Friend Project as his bar mitzvah project raising awareness of bullying and our mission.

  • 2018 Super Ambassador Award for 2 years+ of sending letters of support to every Recipient

  • Founded the UPstanders Club in 2020 at Bergen County Academies to be a safe space for students to talk about their experiences with bullying and raise awareness. The Club's activities include raising funds for the BAFP and creating letters and videos of support for Recipients.

Brielle Withers  

New York 10th Grade

  • Performed the lead role of STACEY in the 2017 Broadway World Award-winning production of "IT'S EASY!"

  • Volunteered her time and talent in the recording studio to lay down vocals for the "IT'S EASY!" Licensing Kit's Vocal Reference Track MP3's

  • In 2018, initiated the now vital role of "On-Air Teen Ambassador/Vlogger" to make it easier for schools across the country to introduce each Friend Mail Recipient via Youtube stories.

  • 2018 Super Ambassador Award 

  • Hosts large letter-writing parties for birthdays, clubs and get-togethers

  • Led an elementary school-wide assembly to introduce the BAFP 

  • In 2019, met with her Cornwall Central School District in NY to seek district-wide participation - and succeeded!

  • Awarded "Student of Achievement" by NY Assemblyman after being nominated by the CCSD for her BAFP Ambassador work.   

  • Organized a team of 7 friends turned Super Ambassadors to hold round-table discussions with district administrators and faculty and act as liaisons to individual school buildings to facilitate the distribution of BAFP info and pick-up of letters.

  • 2021 Peer Judge for the national "Once Friends" Lip Sync Battle to raise awareness of Social Bullying

Sam Wettergreen  

Virginia  8th Grade

  • Performed the lead protagonist role of  JED TRAVIS in the 2018 Mariah's Music & Arts' Worldwide Debut of a Licensed Production of "IT'S EASY!" in Stafford, Virginia

  • Welcomed Friend Mail Recipient "BAILEY" to the Virginia show by presenting her with a bouquet of flowers (that he purchased himself!) to let her know she had a friend in him!

  • Introduced the BAFP to his homeschool group, organizing consistent participation from its students (of all ages), sending dozens of packages with letters of support since 2018.

Mika Wurf  

New York  10th Grade

  • Performed the role of FATIMA in the 2017 Broadway World Award-winning production of "IT'S EASY!" and won the region's "Best Supporting Actress in a Musical" Award for her portrayal of the Syrian immigrant student.

  • Volunteered her time and talent in the recording studio to lay down vocals for the "IT'S EASY!" Licensing Kit's Vocal Reference Track MP3's

  • Since 2017, has consistently inspired groups of friends to write letters of support for victims of bullying, including the No Place For Hate Club when she was in middle school.

  • Presented the BAFP to her high school's HANDS-IN CLUB, a community service initiative, inspiring consistent participation and dozens of heartfelt letters of support from its members.

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