NATIONAL ANTI-BULLYING YOUTH BOARD 2018_

OUR YOUTH FOCUS

 

We are keen to involve the young people we work with in all aspects of our anti-bullying programmes such as through our National Youth Board. Our youth board members are young people from across the UK who are passionate about stopping bullying, some have even been bullied themselves. Their experiences and feedback form the very foundation of each of our anti-bullying programmes, as well as the safety strategies of some of our partner organisations. In return for their essential support, our members get to represent The Diana Award at exciting events, meet plenty of special guests and more.

CHARLOTTE, AGE 10, LIVERPOOL_

“I want to stop bullying of all types and make bullying stop all over the world. I know that words can sometimes hurt more than actions. I’ve been an ambassador at my school for 3 years already. I love my job and have contributed lots to my school, but now I want to be able to make a bigger difference. By being on the Youth Board I will have the opportunity to look at what’s going on in lots of different schools not just mine and to help the Diana Award to ensure that they are offering the best support and training across the country.”

KEMANI, AGE 11, LONDON_

“I feel strongly against bullying and realise how common it is and the effect that it has on the victims. I would like to be a voice for the victims to support them and at the same time educate the bully’s against bullying.”

REMI, AGE 13, SHEWSBURY_

“Growing up being bullied has given me a fighting spirit which made me apply for this position. I want to fight to give those suffering in silence a voice that will be heard and will be acted upon, not just listened to and ignored.”

RAHIL, AGE 13, BIRMINGHAM_

“I wanted to apply for the Youth Board because I firmly believe that the children have the power to change the world. I have been bullied ever since I can remember. I was always told by people my age that I’m too feminine and that I should “man up”. It impacted to my self-esteem and my confidence.I hope to further extend my ability to stop bullying in the future, putting an end to bullying.”

HOLLY, AGE 14, WORCESTER_

“I became an anti-bullying ambassador as I wanted to make a difference to people’s lives by raising awareness and supporting those who have experienced bullying as I experiences bullying myself during primary school and I know the pain and distress it causes.”

MITCHELL, AGE 14, BURTON-ON-TRENT_

“I applied to join the National Youth board because I want to make a change for the future. I want to help create new strategies to prevent bullying. Being bullied myself, I can use my knowledge to empower other young people on this topic.”

LOUISA, AGE 14, ESSEX_

“I have been bullied in primary school and also in secondary school it is really not a nice experience to go through and having been bullied most of my life I developed anxiety and almost days I wouldn’t want to go to school. I for this role because I feel like I have what it takes to be part of the youth board. I feel like I could bring lots of creative ideas to all meetings and take my role seriously.”

SIENA, AGE 15, LONDON_

“I applied to be on the Youth Board because I want to play an active role in ensuring that all students have a happy and positive school experience. I believe in tolerance and acceptance. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and that everyone deserves to feel safe at school. I have been bullied at school for most of my life because I am different – I am autistic, dyslexic and dyspraxic.  I know that being bullied can be detrimental to your self-esteem and your mental health.”

LEO, AGE 15, NORWICH_

“I attended the anti-bullying conference with my school where I found out about the youth board and spoke to some of the staff about it. To me, dealing with the issue of bullying is extremely important and since I was bullied from a young age I have wanted to help other people who have gone through similar things to me.”

ONIKA, AGE 15, LONDON_

“I have personally experienced bullying and the negative impacts it can have on not only your physical health but also mental health. I am eager to spread awareness and knowledge of these impacts for people who may not be aware how they are effecting the people around them.”

TAMARA, AGE 15, CHESTERFIELD_

“I am very passionate about anti-bullying and want to help in any way that I could possibly. I believe that everyone should have the right to be who they are and not get discouraged for it and I want to support them and let them know it’s alright for them to be who they want to be. I am already an anti-bullying ambassador at my school and try to reduce the amount of bullying that goes off and I would like to help reduce it on a bigger scale than just a school environment.”

HIRA, AGE 16, MANCHESTER_

“After being an Anti-bullying ambassador in my school for over 3 years and running the anti-bullying blog, I have improved many skills such as communication and teamwork and I hope to improve these further. I really enjoyed working in a team and improving the school system regarding bullying and helping mentoring year groups on particular issues. I wish to represent schools in my area nationally and help promote equality and other key values across the UK.”

LUJAIN, AGE 16, LEICESTER_

“I am the lead anti bullying Ambassador at my school. Since having the anti- bullying training I knew I wanted to make a change in my school, I decided to run a week’s long campaign raising awareness of the different forms of bullying. I immensely took pride in what we had achieved in that week and yet I still felt like it wasn’t enough. That’s why I decided to join the youth board, to make an even bigger change.”

ELSA, AGE 16, LONDON_

“I applied for the youth board this year because I think that it is an amazing platform that will allow me to expand my work and help more young people on both a local and national scale.  I experienced bullying in primary and high school, which knocked my confidence quite a lot and the experience still affects me today. You never forget being bullied, but I want to use what I’ve gone through to help others. My experiences have only made me more determined and more passionate about making a difference.”

CHERRY, AGE 14, CHESTERFIELD_

“I always give 110 percent effort and I always strive to help others and it would be an honor to take my training and experience to the next level. It would be such a privilege to work alongside so many inspirational ambassadors and put an end to bullying! I am a strong and passionate candidate that can bring a new sense of determination and enthusiasm to the team. I want to encourage more people to stand up against bullying.”

GRAINNE, AGE 14, COUNTY TYRONE_

“I joined the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at the start of this academic year (2017) and so far, I am really enjoying it! I love to help people and this programme has gave me so many opportunities to do so. Standing up to bullying is important to me and I strongly feel the need to help people who have been bullied or who are getting bullied as these people it find hard to speak out. Being an anti-bullying ambassador has helped me to reach out to people and give a voice to those who do not feel that they can speak out for themselves.”

KATHRYN, AGE 14, COUNTY ARMAGH_

“Due to my background in such sports as swimming, cross-country and rowing, both within and outside school, I wanted to apply to the Youth Board as I strongly believe that bullying is overlooked within this social sector. Competitive sports require a lot of training, support and motivation from your peers.  However due the competitive nature of sport some can be made to feel trapped or ‘not good enough’ by others who believe they are more talented, athletic or deserving. Through the Youth Board, I want young athletes to feel proud, no matter what team, league, level or club they play/compete with. Through my involvement with this project, I want to ensure that my fellow teammates and peers are able to make valuable friendships, connections and memories – like I have – without having to deal with the harmful effects that bullying can cause.”

NIAMH, AGE 13, COUNTY TYRONE_

“I am Anti-Bullying Youth Board Member because I have been through things like self harm and depression. Though in my case it hasn’t been linked to bullying I know a lot of people do go through this as a result of being bullied and I want to try and decrease the number of people going through this as part of the Anti-Bullying Youth Board. I am also a member of the LGBTQ+ society (lesbian) and I want to try and help people going through bullying as a result of homophobia or transphobia and would like to educate young people about different aspects of the LGBTQ+ society as, from my experience, I feel like a lot of people aren’t very aware of what it means to belong to this group of people and also feel like most people don’t know how common it is.”

RACHEL, AGE 16, COUNTY TYRONE_

“Part of the reason I wish to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador is because bullying can occur anywhere, in a variety of formats and can come from anyone; it’s not just the stereotypical schoolyard setting. We need to be educated on the real problems like noticing signs of bullying in both victims and the perpetrators because without education people may carry their unacceptable behaviour into adulthood which could manifest as bullying in the workplace. There needs be a forum where people can express anxieties at any age with fear of impending judgement.”

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