Tamara Mulley, past pupil at Surbiton High School (left in 2014 to read Politics and Leeds University)
Following nomination, I received the Diana Award for Active Campaigning and Fundraising with the global charity Free the Children. I was so proud of this validation of youth action received in January 2013 and I am passionate to continue to work to inspire volunteering and social justice within my local community and on the global stage.
Levi Fallavollita, International Diana Award
For the past three years I have been working on an anti-bullying project called “Be Courageous”.
During this time, I have interviewed hundreds of young people about their experiences with bullying. Often it has been shared that bullying existed because they were different than their peers. Whether it was a difference in race, skin color, sexual orientation, nationality or religion the bullying existed.
Zish, aged 23 from Weston Super Mare, talks about receiving his Diana Award.
“I am Zishaan and I received the Diana Anti-Bullying Champion Award in 2007. Having noticed a few issues around bullying in local schools I wanted to raise awareness of them. I put together a show incorporating dance, drama, music and poetry to convey 3 messages to school management teams. After receiving the award I wanted to know more about the charity and got in touch, I subsequently held 2 roles, one being Chairman of the Young Anti-Bullying Alliance and the other being Chairman of the Youth Advisory Board.
When an opportunity came up to become a Trustee I instantly applied. I wanted to ensure that the charity was youth led at all levels and I felt it was important to represent the views of other Award Holders. I had a fantastic 2 years as a Trustee, making valuable contributions that were listened to from the very first meeting I attended and this was possible because of a number of reasons. There is a buddy system whereby an ex Young Trustee attended the first few meetings with me to help me get settled in and the Diana Award also sent me on a number of training programs that ensured I understood my role and could make an impact straight away.
The experience taught me how a charity is managed, the process of how decisions are made and the ability to develop a strategy. There is also an opportunity to sit on sub-committees which can allow you to focus and become an expert in a specific field. The board of Trustees have a vast range of business experience in a variety of sectors and the exposure to this at a young age allowed me to learn a lot throughout my time as a Trustee; opportunities that one cannot otherwise access. I enjoyed putting forward the views of Award Holders and also learning about a wide range of disciplines that I otherwise had little exposure to. Helping the charity to grow and develop was immensely enjoyable as was the exposure to the ‘other’ side of the charity.”
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