U.S. All Star Federation For Cheer And Dance Announces National Partnership With Monique Burr Foundation For Children




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – U.S. ALL STAR FEDERATION FOR CHEER AND DANCE and Monique Burr Foundation for Children are joining forces to provide safe environments for All-Star athletes in order to protect them from abuse and bullying. Today, the United States All Star Federation (USASF) for Cheer and Dance announced they are partnering with Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF) to provide the MBF Athlete Safety Matters® program and services to their member clubs.

MBF Athlete Safety Matters® is a comprehensive, evidence-informed curriculum that educates and empowers youth athletes with information and strategies to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, all types of abuse, and digital dangers. Easy to implement and fun for youth athletes, this program teaches athletes 5 Safety Rules that can be used in any unsafe situation. It also teaches them how to identify a Safe Adult and to always seek the help of an adult if they are hurt or unsure if a situation is safe.

“At the core of our organization, we work diligently to provide positive environments for our athletes,” shared Amy Clark, USASF Membership Director, “We recognize the need for a comprehensive and age-appropriate program that supports our mission of ensuring athletes avoid any type of abuse including sexual, physical, emotional and bullying. This partnership is a vital step in helping us address these issues and protect our athletes.”

“One out of four children will be victimized before they reach the age of 18,” said Lynn Layton, President/CEO of MBF, “we also know that most abuse and bullying is preventable, therefore, it is essential to educate children and adults with strategies to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to all types of child abuse and bullying. We are excited to join forces with the USASF to continue to strengthen the prevention efforts they already provide coaches and youth athletes.”

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by Edward E. Burr in honor of his late wife, Monique Burr, a devoted child advocate. MBF Prevention Education Programs, including MBF Child Safety Matters® for elementary schools and MBF Teen Safety Matters® for middle and high schools, MBF Athlete Safety Matters® for minor athletes, as well as MBF After School Safety Matters®, are evidence-based and evidence-informed primary prevention programs that educate and empower children and all relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, digital dangers, the four types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and neglect) and exploitation. MBF programs have been delivered to more than 3 million children by 3,000 facilitators since 2010. For more information, visit

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What They're Saying...

The MBF Teen Safety Matters curriculum hosts an in-depth approach to important social and safety concerns relevant to youth. The program content is age-appropriate with engaging activities, jargon, and realistic situations to positively promote a relatable and impacting learning experience…Teen Safety Matters is an educational benefit to all parties involved – students, parents, facilitators, and schools.

I heard about the program through my son. He came home…and showed me the safety rules. I cannot thank the Foundation enough; to have other people who are also concerned about my child’s safety and the safety of other kids is wonderful. I especially like the program’s focus on the prevention side.

There’s not a child in the world who can’t benefit from this program. There are so many instances where we see children who have been damaged and hurt. Things happened to them and we think, if they’d only had this program, if they’d only had the benefit of this education, that might not have happened to them. If we can prevent that from happening to a single child, then it’s worth all the effort we have put forth.