October 2013 | Grants Results
One Young Woman’s Fight Against Cyberbullies
In middle school, Rachel Mayo received hateful instant messages and posts to her MySpace page. In high school, she started researching cyberbullying.
|For cyberbullying research, Rachel Mayo (right) won an award funded by The Trust, leading to a law signed by Mayor Bloomberg.
She concluded the problem was prevalent but underreported in City schools and recommended an anti-cyberbullying campaign with an anonymous reporting system.
Mayo, who now attends Brandeis University near Boston, won the $2,000 second-place prize in the Working in Support of Education (WiSE)
Quality of Life Competition. A teacher encouraged her to send the report to her councilman, Mark Weprin, who decided to sponsor legislation based on her research: It authorizes the City’s Human Rights Commission to run anti-cyberbullying workshops in schools, libraries, and government agencies. Mayor Bloomberg signed the law in 2012.
Over the past five years, The Trust has granted WiSE $210,500
for the competition, which has inspired hundreds of New York students to find solutions to real-world problems.