The voices, ideas and actions of youth
are often overlooked by adults. How can youth show leadership in their
families, schools and communities to address bullying?
Youth Leadership / Action Ideas:
Listen to the song, Black
and Purple by Brea and Braden, two very talented young people
from Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Read their lyrics here.
Download their song and play it on
your school's P.A. system at the end of morning announcements today.
Print out their lyrics
and pass them out in classes before the announcements.
Discuss this song and its meaning. What
do the students in your school think that Brea and Braden are trying
to say? Can you relate to their message? What would you write if you
View the video "Respect"
created by students at Oscar Blackburn School in South Indian Lake,
Why not write, act and film your own
video about bullying?
Post your own song, poem, story, drawing
or video in the "I Want to Share -Your Voices" section of
Web site. Reply to the submissions of other young people from around
See the "Peer Power" section
of the "Resources"
page to learn about one powerful example of how youth can show leadership.
Create anti-bullying posters and place
them around your school and in your community. Look at these wonderful
posters created by youth in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The posters were placed
on City of Halifax buses. This was a partnership between Our
Children Magazine and Bullying.org.
Congratulations Drew, Anisa and Calla !
Possible Day Plan Example:
Plenary / Keynote address:
Invite a young person to come and address
the school / community participants
Establish a youth advisory and leadership
group with local school administration and local community leaders
Celebrate the day's learning with the
sharing of creative contributions from school and community participants.
Honour a student, or local young person
who is helping to make a difference for others in your school or community.
Kids Awards as an example.
Teaching Idea: Students at Sampson
G. Smith School in Somerset, New Jersey, made their own version of Bullying.org
and Family Channel's anti-bullying
pledge, and then asked students to add cut-outs of their own hands
on a bulletin board display in support of living the pledge in their school
and community. -shared by teacher Ms. Kaz Wright
Well I wish you could have seen our
group present!! They were AWESOME!! The material used was so appropriate
for the age group that we feel we had the correct mix for all who attended.
We presented in 6 of our local elementary schools; St. Patrick Catholic
School, Kingston, St. Martha's Catholic School, Kingston, John XXIII Catholic
School, Kingston, Holy Family Catholic School, Kingston, Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholic School, Kingston and St. Pat's Catholic School in Harrowsmith.
We were well received in all schools, and enjoyed presenting. The 6 members
of our team, Mike, Simon, Kayla, Emily, Chantelle and Nick did an amazing
job. We asked for a few donations and received t-shirts from EVAC, (Ending
Violence Against Children), and gift certificates from our local McDonalds
and Tim Horton's. We also received 2 cases of water from our local No
Frills "Gord and Kim's". We hope to soon have some pictures
Thank you again for all your time and
efforts in this amazing challenge. WE SUCCEEDED!