WITS recognizes the powerful impact that youth can have on the prevention of bullying. The videos below feature high quality youth produced content that creatively express the vision WITS and WITS LEADS to drive positive change in local communities. Take a look and share your voice with a comment on a video that inspires you! Share your own video by sending a link to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Action Project
The WITS Programs launched the Youth Action Project to promote the creativity of young people to spread the WITS message. The videos below are the selected submissions from the talented youth who participated in the project.
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School
Students from Ms. McCabe’s Gr. 12 Religion Arts Philosophy class at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton High School in Toronto created these videos to illustrate the importance of seeking help in order to find support especially when life seems overwhelming.
When do you need to walk away, ignore, talk it out, or seek help? St. Finnan’s created this video to show various situations when you need to choose one or more strategies in order to find a positive outcome.
Winners of the WITS Youth Leadership Contest who were given $500 to develop creative projects aimed at preventing bullying. Full details here.
Abbottsford Traditional School
Sahil Chawla, a student at Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School established the “Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School Key Club” and organised a number of projects including Anti-Bullying Awareness and “Project Connect.” Both of these projects followed a fundamental principle of educating youth on why one gets bullied and steps one can take to prevent bullying from occurring.
The Peer2Peer group of eight students and two staff from Lillian Osborne attended the Healthy Me, Healthy You, Healthy Us! Wellness Professional Learning Day participating in workshops on the topics of comprehensive school health, healthy relationships, healthy eating, engaging the student voice, and creating a healthy school environment. The students also worked on how to apply the knowledge they learned to their school.
The McCreary Centre Society’s Youth Advisory and Action Council sought to create a video and graphic poster by youth-for-youth providing young people with an opportunity to share their experience with bullying and how those experiences impacted their mental health. As well as draw attention to the protective factors in a young person’s life to reduce the negative impacts of bullying.
This resulted in an informative and impactful 11 minute video providing an overall picture of youths’ experiences with bullying and the effects those experiences have and can have on youths’ health. An info-graphic poster was created to accompany the video providing a summary of the information with the intent of them being posted in classrooms and youth organisations across the province and country
The grade 9 leadership students at Rosedale Traditional Community School embarked on a creative project to combat bullying. Using 486 student photos taken with either blue or pink backgrounds the students created a poster collage projecting the message to Erase Bullying through the pictures. Within each of the photos students also wore costumes and signs with anti-bullying messages.
The goal of this project was to raise awareness of the importance of erasing bullying within school and the community. The student driven aspect of the project was pursued based on the idea that messages are more effective if delivered by peers rather than teachers and the importance of a project that included in whole school to be achieved.
Students from Mrs. Tinker’s grade four/five class at Champlain Elementary School created a song to inspire change in the world by helping one person at a time. You Have The Power is avaliable for free download and includes lyrics.