Why did you found BossPunk?
BOSSPUNK was founded because I was once a victim to bullying and attempted suicide a the age of 14. My love for comfortable apparel is what inspired the brand as well. Ninety percent of the time you will see me wearing very comfortable clothing such as tees, hoodies, hats etc. I knew that I wanted to create a brand that had substance, meaning, and a way to give back. Bullying and related suicide deaths to bullying has more than doubled over the past 5-10 years in the U.S. alone.
How does the BossPunk brand help to fight bullying and build awareness for it?
BOSSPUNK helps to fight bullying and build awareness though our relevant and meaningful design concepts that speak out against bullying. Our concepts evoke raw emotions that compels people to be mindful of bullying, look out for it, and to help.
How do you promote your anti-bullying message in the community?
Through our website, social media platforms, community business partnerships, being a vendor at community venues for business organizations, nonprofits, schools and colleges in our communities.
How can people get involved with and support your work in our community?
By purchasing our apparel, wearing and sharing our ‘We Speak Purple” message on your personal or business social media platforms, advocating in our communities and donating to our cause. The more support BOSSPUNK gets out, the more work we can do in our communities to help speak out against bullying.
How is BossPunk working with BBBSLV and their Littles to fight bullying and help kids that are experiencing it?
BOSSPUNK works in partnership with BBBSLV to create activities within their organization and the community to help educate their Littles and Bigs on how to speak out against bullying and not be a bystander because you may save a life, a friend, or even a dream.
Like to shop online? Did you know you can support BBBSLV when you shop on Amazon? It's easy to do! Every time you shop through our Amazon Smile portal, Amazon donates a percentage of what you spend to us. Here's how to do it:
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.
To change your charitable organization:
1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
3. Select a new charitable organization to support.
For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Remember, only purchases at smile.amazon.com (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app) support charity.
We want to help you make the holiday season as special as if can be for your Little. Here are a few ideas for activities you can do together, which can become annual traditions he or she won’t forget.
1. Holiday Lights Tour
Check out some holiday lights together. Visit the classic Allentown Lights in the Parkway or take your own tour by following The Morning Call’s/Bill White’s Christmas Lights tour which tells you where the best decorated homes in the Lehigh Valley are. See highlights from last year’s tour here.
2. Make a Photo Book
Take a look back at the past year with your Little by making a photo book of all the pictures you took together during your activities. Go the classic route and print out your photos to place and decorate in a scrapbook or visit sites like www.shutterfly.com or www.snapfish.com to put together online. (Make sure to check Groupon this time of year to find any deals available.)
3. Decorate your Ugly Sweaters for the Big and Little Holiday Party
Get together with your Little and plan out your Ugly Sweaters for the Big and Little Holiday Party on December 9. See how creative you can get, keeping in mind that prizes will be handed out for the following categories: Best Match, Most Festive, Ugliest, Most Creative, and Most Colorful.
4. Spread Holiday Cheer
Activities like making cards for military service members or folks in a nursing home, or baking cookies to give to a neighbor, help spread holiday cheer, but also teach your Little how to think of others and encourage them to take the perspective of another. Cards can be donated to Operation Gratitude or stop by a local nursing home with your Little to drop cards off to their front desk.
5. Start to think about 2018
It’s never too early to start to think about the year ahead and what goals you can help your Little accomplish in 2018. Talk with your Little about what they really liked in 2017, and what the two of you could tackle together in the year ahead. You can have a conversation or use an organizer to help you write some things down. Check out this goal sheet or this resolution planner.