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NATIONAL ANTI-BULLYING YOUTH BOARD 2020-22_

OUR YOUTH FOCUS

 

We are keen to involve the young people we work with in all aspects of our anti-bullying programmes, including through our National Youth Board. Our Youth Board members are young people from across England who are passionate about tackling bullying behaviour; they have a wide range of experiences and backgrounds and some have directly experienced bullying behaviour in the past. Their feedback helps The Diana Award to shape our anti-bullying programmes, as well as the safety strategies of some of our partner organisations. Our Youth Board members often represent The Diana Award at external events, so keep an eye out and you may get to meet them soon!

ADAM_

“I wanted to join the Youth Board because I wanted my school to become a safer place since the Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme did not exist throughout my time in secondary school and I would also like to contribute to both the school and wider communities. In terms of what I would like to achieve during my time as a member of the Youth Board, I would like to be able to learn more about types of bullying so that I may educate other people both in a school environment and in the wider community and tackle this pressing issue. In three words, I would describe myself as being creative and prudent, but laidback.”

FLORA_

“I chose to apply for The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Youth Board after I watched the documentary ‘Odd One Out ‘ about cyber bullying ; it really opened my eyes to the issue of bullying and its effect on young people. I really want to help people overcome their own experiences, feel better about themselves and to educate others on the impact of bullying.”

ISABEL_

“I want to stop bullying in every way, shape and form because I firmly believe that it is something that nobody should go through. I’ve been an anti-bullying ambassador for a little over a year now and have helped get our very own campaign up and running, but now I want to spread the message further!”

JUDE_

“Throughout primary school, whilst I found it a safe and comfortable place to be, I would often come across bullying, whether it was my friend being excluded, or me passing a comment. At first, I never knew the effects could be so grand, but when I discovered that my previous stresses and problems were due to anxiety, I felt relieved that I had an explanation. Since then, I’ve noticed patterns and trends which worsen and lesser the effects of my mental health, and have set out to share my experiences and methods of dealing with bullies and stresses through writing an autobiography, by trying to make things relatable in hopes that somebody, even if it just one person, finds it useful. I hope to broaden this skill with help from the Youth Board as we work together to achieve our goals.”

KIM_

“If I had to sum myself up in 3 words, I would say adventurous, supportive and determined.  Bullying behaviour can affect you in many negative ways, however, for me, it encouraged me to want to change the fact that people were being bullied and make it known that bullying is wrong. I wanted to join the Youth Board to help develop my knowledge and skills and make sure young people’s voices are heard.”

LIAM_

“The reason I wanted to apply for the Youth Board was I wanted to expand my knowledge of anti-bullying to make the work that I do in school more detailed and accurate. I joined the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at the start of the academic year (2016) and doing this in the first year of secondary school was scary and I like having the trust of other students who come and talk to me and other Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. So, when the opportunity of the Youth Board came up, I decided to apply. At first I was not expecting to make it through to the final stage due to the amount of other people that had applied but when I found out that I made it, I really wanted to make sure that I used this place to my advantage. Being an Anti-Bullying Ambassador has helped me to reach out to people and give a voice to those who do not feel like they can speak out for themselves.”

PAIGE_

“In 2016 I trained to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador for my school. Since then I have supported my fellow students with any issues, as well as raising awareness of different forms of bullying and the potential consequences that they have. My passion is around all aspects of mental health, as all can have the same detrimental effects. Not only do I want to make a significant difference to those suffering in school, I aspire to teach people the impact that they can have on someone else’s mental health in the workplace, online and in the community. After all, bullying doesn’t stop when you leave school, it can manifest into people’s working lives. To teach people the right coping mechanisms now would equip them for adulthood and potentially save lives.”

ROSE_

“I think it is a matter of paramount importance that young people are empowered – as we are the future! Although it can be hard to feel like you have the power to do somethingto change something, when there are issues like bullying and we tear each other down rather than building each other up.  I’m sure no one is estranged to the feeling of being bullied or at least having negativity thrust upon them which, whilst sad, is true, and I, certainly, am no stranger to that feeling – which is why I hope to stop it being the norm and uphold something I believe should be universally true: the days of our childhood are the best of our lives. I hope to help keep it that way!”

ZAC_

“I am very passionate to stop all forms of bullying. It is a topic we need to be above on and as a team and community we can do bit by bit to break down bullying. As a member of the Youth Board, I would love to focus on minimalizing cyber-bullying to allow people to feel safe online and not have to worry where their next message is going to come from. People online should leave an app/social media happy and content, which is my main goal from working alongside The Dianna Award. I have helped young schools with staying safe, yet I want to go further. I want to help more people than that and I want to see change.”

LYDIA_

I applied to be on the Youth Board because I wanted to take my AntiBullying experience to the next stage and help other people. After personally experiencing bullying behaviour, I wanted to help others who were or had been bullied and support them as much as I could. I believe that if we pull together, we can make a change. In my school, we have done assemblies to other years to make them aware of the different types of bullying behaviour and the effects of it. As AntiBullying Ambassadors in our school, we are a visible presence so that people who are experiencing bullying behaviour know they have someone to speak to in confidence. As a person, I am kind, compassionate, hard-working and am committed to making a difference and ensuring that people who are being bullied have a voice.

HARMAN_

Bullying behaviour is a cruel issue that can dominate the lives of young people. When you’re a victim of bullying, you’ll realise that you’re allowing yourself to be bullied and that recognition is one of the most weak and painful moments of life. My determination and passion rests on the principle that we are the future and bullying behaviour can restrict our hopes and break our identities. Continuing to ease another’s struggles is vital because the concept of bullying is unjust, and this issue needs proper addressing to prevent the effect of bullying in the next generations. I hope that my time at The Diana Award will continue to develop change.

JESSICA_

Bullying is a subject which lies close to my heart. The effects of bullying behaviour are ubiquitous and extensive and I want to be able to help decrease cases of bullying across my community and the world. I want to be able to help educate others on bullying behaviour and promote a safer culture which celebrates and tolerates differences. I believe that nobody deserves to be bullied, no matter what they have done in the past. Bullying behaviour can have psychological effects such as low self-esteem, loneliness and depression, which made me see how wrong bullying is. I was motivated to become an Anti-Bullying Ambassador in 2018. This has made me a stronger and a more passionate young person. 

RUCHI_

Hi, I am Ruchi! I wanted to apply for the National Anti-Bullying Youth Board because I truly believe that change starts with every one of us and together we can change the world we are in today. As an Anti-Bullying Ambassador in my school, I have been able to help other students fight against bullying behaviour, just like I have, and have seen a massive amount of positive change in their wellbeing. In addition, I was also trained by The Diana Award (in 2019) on how to tackle bullying behaviour and this interested me further on this difficult issue. Also, I have always been inspired by Princess Diana and it is an honour to be associated with such an inspiring idol. If I were to describe myself in a few words, I would say that I am friendly, determined and passionate to make a difference.

MITCHELL_

I joined the Youth Board because I am passionate about tackling bullying behaviour in every environment and ensuring that every young person gets the most out of life and develops skills they can use in later life. I am a big believer that young people should have a voice and that this voice should be heard as we are the future, and we should be able to place our unique essence onto it and shape the world around us into something greater. Up to now, in my own local area I have written educational and borough wide Anti-Bullying policies, I campaign for better social and environmental areas and most of all I produce videos to promote mental health. I also work alongside numerous charities and organisations to imbue the youth of today with a hope that there is a brighter tomorrow.

SOPHET (NUNG)_

Having been Chair of School Council at my school, I was nominated as lead designated coordinator for our Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme. I have gained invaluable experience; developing communication skills as I present differing viewpoints, showing leadership, integrity, honesty and  innovative thinking skills. This gave me the confidence to apply for the National Youth Board, and I also want to give back to The Diana Award. Witnessing and experiencing bullying behaviour myself negatively affected me, however it also helped me discover my inner strength and brought out my true colours. Bullying behaviour can impact you in ways that are unimaginable and disheartening. Bullying behaviour comes in all shapes and forms, resulting in severe consequences to individuals that may be physical, emotional and/or mental. I have an ambition to stop bullying because no one should have to go through it, I am determined to continue using my voice, offering support to everyone and to be a true upstander to bullying.

TALHA_

I first applied to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador for my school in 2019. Since then, I have been gaining more and more knowledge on what bullying behaviour is, all the different types of bullying behaviour and how to tackle it. In my opinion I believe that mental health issues link to bullying behaviour, along with pressure, which is one of the most overlooked forms of bullying along with cyberbullying. When I signed up for the Youth Board, I believed I could make a change by using the Youth Board as my inspiration and my voice to the bigger world. I believe that we can all make a change if we use our voices to encourage and inspire others instead of mocking them. In three words, I would describe myself as being resilient, easy-going and loyal.

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