Profiles in BRAVERY: Tante Robinson...Putting An End to Bullying

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Tante Robinson,
Founder Girls Of Excellence Mentoring Program
Name: Tante Robinson

Title or position: Founder, Girls of Excellence Mentoring Program

Business/Agency: Girls of Excellence Mentoring Program

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What is a misconception people have about bullying?
A lot of people think it’s just a game and that it’s not serious. People just shrug it off. But it is serious. Children kill themselves, they get depressed. They cut themselves. Words do hurt.

What is Girls of Excellence?

 Girls of Excellence is a mentoring program that focuses on self-esteem and bullying awareness and prevention. We are nationwide and we go into schools, churches, and other events to provide training to teach people: how to be more aware of bullying; how to deal with the situations when they arise; and how to help the youth with self-esteem issues.
Our Mission is to produce girls of character that become role models in their circles of influence. We want to prevent bullying before it happens and instill in students respect; for authority, others, and themselves. It's paramount to our communities that students be encouraged to pursue their educational goals to make them become a reality. It's about helping one student at a time mature into healthy, respectful, productive citizens.

Why did you start this nonprofit?

I started the non-profit for many reasons. I was a bully when I was growing up. I was mean to other kids and as I got older, I wanted to give back to my community.  Also, there was this little girl that I knew that was being bulled and she didn’t know how to deal with it. I realized there was a true need for help with bullying in the community. I wanted to help children express themselves and have an outlet to talk about their issues.

What part does bullying prevention/awareness play in organization?

We try to put that first and prevent it before it happens giving teachers, students, and parents tools to help prevent bullying. We provide training and hands on projects for kids.

What would you say to teens who are bullied?

  • Don't be afraid to talk about it or tell someone.
  • Don't be ashamed.
  • Don't take matters into your own hands.
  • Don't be afraid to stand up for others.

What tips would you give parents whose child is bullied?

  • Know what is going on with your children.
  • Ask your children about what goes on in their lives.
  • Create trust so they'll honestly tell you.
  • Talk to their teachers and principals about their interactions in school.
  • Be aware of their social media accounts and texting habits.

Any final thoughts?

To my parents, know what your kids are doing, ask questions, and know the warning signs. Don’t take it lightly when your kids say they are bullied. Handle it. It’s real and if we don’t do something about it now, we will have a worse epidemic.


  1. Julia, Tante amazing cause that needs lots of support.
    How we can help you on this?
    I always wonder what happens to the bullies and their parents. Does a sense of regret appears when the victim they have bullied commits suicide?
    Should there be a tough punishment to this parents?
    I think many bullies are bullied at home by their parents / sibling? or imitate their family behavior towards society? What do you think about that?
    Is there anything similar from what you do for boys?

    You are an amazing person by doing this.

  2. Diego, Tante is really an inspiration! Those are great questions. I'll let her answer.

  3. Julia- Thank you for the wonderful blog. Girls of Excellence
    Mentoring really appreciates you for letting the world know the importance of
    bullying awareness and prevention.

    Diego- Thank you for your interest. To answer your questions,
    based on my experience as a bully growing up, I did have a sense of regret
    because of tragic outcomes, such as suicide, in which I did not want the guilt
    and shame to impact my identity in future endeavors. I do agree with you that
    parents or home life play a major part in bullying behavior. I remember being
    very angry at my biological mother for giving me away at birth. All the
    emotional stress from that resulted into bullying. Should parents be punished?
    I believe there is no such thing as a perfect parent, but the importance of
    being involved and loving your child is critical to prevent bullying.

    I work with another mentor that focuses on bullying with
    boys. There are some similarities but there are different behaviors that
    children display. If you would like to know more about ways to help please feel
    free to email girlsofexcellencementoring@yahoo.com.
    It would be a pleasure to learn more about you and your background as well.

  4. Thanks a lot for your answers. I'll send you an email sooner than later.