I am 15 years old and I go to a school in Gloucestershire. I am confident in the work that the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors do and that bullying should stop now!
I wanted to join the Youth Board to spread the ideas from my own school to others around the country and to take the ideas from the Youth Board members and implement them in my own school. At my school I have taken a leading role in assemblies and anti-bullying lessons that we deliver to primary school pupils. I am involved in drop in sessions where fellow pupils can come and talk to an Anti-Bullying Ambassador about their troubles. I was also chosen by my teachers to become a Mentor for a year 7 pupil who was finding life at secondary school quite tough.
I am looking forward to sharing lots of ideas and contributing to the anti-bullying programme. I would also like to try to involve sport in anti-bullying as it can create a feeling of a community between individuals playing, which I feel is very important.
I am 8 years old and I go to a primary school in London. I was bullied almost every year in school and I overcame this by starting to realise how to stand-up for myself and not depend on others to stand-up for me.
For the last year I’ve been involved in anti-bullying and have gone on two anti-bullying events and now is my time to shine.
I am looking forward to meeting people who think like me. I am the youngest Youth Board member EVER and I am very excited about that!!!!
I am 12 years old and attend a school in Maidstone.
I was bullied at primary school and trained to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador in Year 6, after young people from a senior school came in to speak to us about the importance of Anti-Bullying and how we can stand up against it. Hearing other young people speak about anti-bullying, it made me want to get involved and make a difference in my school.
We now have a good team of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at school and we make our school a happier, safer place for everyone. I am so excited to be on the Youth Board, I can't wait to meet everyone and learn lots to take back to my school.
I am 15 years old and I attend a school in Manchester.
I am dedicated to helping young people fight against bullying. As a young person that has been bullied I know how it feels, your confidence is affected and you feel that you are not as good as others.
I want to spread a simple message for those who bully and those who are being bullied that everyone has their own individual beauty and they do not need to be like anyone else. This is the reason why I applied to be on this year’s Youth Board. I want to help others so that they can become passionate and strong enough to fight against bullying, and are confident to promote a positive atmosphere in their school and society, so that everyone is safe and sound. I am really passionate to see what I will do with the rest of the Youth Board over the next year.
I am 16 years old and attend a School in Wakefield (near Leeds).
My motto against bullying is – Together Everyone Achieves More! I want to stand against bullying because people are meant to enjoy their lives, and how can they do this if others try to crush and push you down.
By being select for this year’s Youth Board, it will mean that I can promote the anti-bullying message to more than just my fellow pupils at school, but show the nation what should be done!
I am looking forward to meeting the other Youth Board members that I will be working with, young people that stand for what is right and fight against bullying!
I am thirteen years old and attend a school in the West Midlands.
I applied to join the National Youth Board this year because I want to minimise bullying and to support people who are being bullied, helping them to be the best they can be. I am positive that if we stand together, we can stop bullying once and for all!
I love to be creative. I enjoy arts and crafts and have made anti-bullying awareness posters for my school. It will be fun to work in a team of people who have the same passion as me, I am excited to meeting all of the other Youth Board members and being a voice for my peers on a national level.
I am 10 years old and go to school in Rugby.
I love being an Anti-Bullying Ambassador at school. I applied to be on the Youth Board this year because I am so passionate about stamping out bullying!
I wanted to gain even more training and experience and be able to share my ideas and learn from others, so that I can become more confident and be able to make a difference.
I am 16 years old and attend a school in London.
I wanted to be on the National Youth Board as I wanted to contribute my ideas and incorporate my passion into the Anti-Bullying programme team. I am passionate about stopping bullying and ensuring that young people can go to school and grow up to be the best that they can be without being hindered by bullying and the horrendous effects and repercussions left on those who have experience bullying.
I feel very strongly that every young person is equal and my ideal society would be one in which everyone celebrated each other’s differences instead of using people's differences as a way of bringing them down. As someone who has been bullied, I understand how much it can affect a person. I am certain that the work of Anti-Bullying programme will in time end bullying and I'm very excited to be helping in the fight against bullying!
Every year hundreds of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from across the England apply to become a member of the National Anti-Bullying Youth Board, and there are only fifteen seats available. The Youth Board members are the voice of young people across the country, and have the opportunity to speak out about Anti-Bullying issues on a national level.
I am 17 years old and attend a school in Bedfordshire. Working with the Anti-Bullying team at my school has been such an amazing, eye-opening experience, and I've been able to see the incredible changes that have occurred in our school as a result of the work. I have witnessed people get through some really tough situations, which has made me want to help more and more people, and I hope that being on the Youth Board will allow me to do that.
After hearing last year's Youth Board members talk about how being a part of it had impacted their lives and how much they had achieved, I was so inspired and am so glad that I have been given the chance to do the same.
Whilst being on the team at my school, I have helped lead an Anti-Homophobia campaign with my peers which took off so quickly, and so many students got involved! I also have written a book called 'Voices', which consists of interviews I conducted with students and teachers at my school. The aim of this was to create a resource that shows how our school feels about bullying and what they think we can do about it. I also delivered a lesson about Cyber-Bullying to the students with learning difficulties, which really helped them to understand how to use the internet and social media safely, and I received great feedback. These are just a few of the things I have been able to achieve whilst being an Anti-Bullying Ambassador, and I hope that being on the Youth Board this year will allow me to go further and help more people.
I am 15 years old and attend a school in Worcestershire. When I heard that the Youth Board was on a National platform to help build the Anti-Bullying Programme, I knew I wanted to be a part of it! Having been bullied myself, I know what it feels like. My personal experience acts as motivation to help eliminate bullying.
I was selected with some other students to set up the Anti-Bullying Programme within our school. As representatives we have participated in a variety of activities to raise student awareness and recruit more Ambassadors to help tackle bullying. As part of the Ambassador training, I've learnt what my role and responsibility is, which motivated me further in trying to help make a difference. As part of the Programme, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from my school were interviewed by the local newspaper to help raise awareness amongst the community, regarding the work we were doing.
I'm confident the work the Youth Board does will help to eliminate bullying, and I'm looking forward to sharing my ideas and working with the rest of the Youth Board members to achieve this!
I am 12 years old and attend a school in Oldham. I applied to join the Youth Board because I want to make people happy!
I find bullying intolerable and I really want to play a greater part in the anti-bullying world. The anti-bullying projects I have been previously involved in include- leading assemblies at my school, leading assemblies in local primary schools with my friends and inviting different organisations into school to speak about issues that affect young people.
I hope I can spread happiness and the anti-bullying message on a larger scale whilst on the Youth Board this year!
I am 13 years old and attend a school in Ingleby Barwick near Middlesbrough.
I am really passionate about stamping out bullying once and for all. I have come face to face with bullying through our peer-mentor scheme at school and I know that it is a dark and lonely place to be. This is why I wanted to apply for the Youth Board. I feel like I can make such a difference to this year’s Youth Board because I am Committed, Organised, Confident, I have great ideas and so much more to offer.
I want to help people who are being bullied to know that if they tell someone they trust that they are being bullied, they can receive the help they need to get the bullying to stop. I also believe that those who bully others should receive help. Bullies are often stereotyped and thought to go around bullying others just for fun. However, I have talked to some “bullies” during our peer-mentors programme, and a lot of them have a deep reason to why they bully. Most of it is due to peer pressure or the fact that they don’t want to be bullied themselves. While this doesn’t excuse the fact that they have made someone’s life unbearable, we can work with them to help them understand that what they are doing is wrong, get the help they need and stop what they have been doing.
I am 13 years old and attend a school Hertfordshire.
I wanted to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador because for a number of years bullying has been a problem in my school. I want to do something positive for the world and that is why I wanted to be an Anti-Bullying Ambassador.
I have done many actives in my anti-bullying group in school for example; we went to neighbouring primary schools to talk to the year 6 students about bullying in secondary schools and how to act if they see it happening to someone, or how to speak out if they themselves are getting bullied and have presented assemblies to different year groups about a conference that we did with some special needs children. I am really looking forward to meeting other people with the same passion as me and sharing different ideas.
I am 15 years old and attend a school in Kent.
Anti-bullying is very close to my heart because I’ve not only had to deal with bullying first hand, but I have also seen close friends, both in real life and online, suffer with it. I just really want to show the world that people don’t have to suffer in silence; what better way to do that, than work with others who share the same beliefs and are striving towards the goal of eradicating bullying once and for all.
In my school, I am a trained Anti-Bullying Ambassador and a peer mentor. By being an Anti-Bullying Ambassador it means that fellow students can confide in me if they have any problems, upset or just need a friend. I attend regular meetings with other peer mentors to discuss our next steps to prevent bullying, increase self-esteem as a whole school and relieve stress from exams. As peer mentor/Anti-Bullying Ambassador, I also discuss anti-bullying topics in assemblies and also in PSHE lessons.
I am 14 years old and attend a school in Essex.
I applied for the Youth Board because although I love the work I do as an Anti-Bullying Ambassador, I wanted to do more. I would like to gain more confidence, experience new things but most of all make a difference.
So far in our school we have done year 7, 8 and 9 assemblies which informs the students about the anti-bullying work that we do in the school. We also presented a PowerPoint that we created to senior leadership and spent 2 days doing workshops with year 6's on their induction days to make them aware there is help and support if they need it. I am looking forward to what we can achieve as a Youth Board this year.