One Voice changing lives across New Zealand

If one voice can make a difference - Imagine what our collective voice can do?

Read this story below and be inspired about the impact of one young girl who chose to say that Bullying is not okay!


When Nakita Turner stepped on stage at age six to perform for the very first time, she didn’t receive the response you’d hope for such a brave action by someone so young. She was mocked and laughed at by a group in the audience – something no six-year-old should ever have to experience – and vowed to never perform again.

How many of us have had similar hurtful experiences? Words. Actions. Online hate. Being ignored. Being stared at. However and whenever it happens, treating people without respect or kindness – bullying – is not okay. It hurts real people and becomes a barrier to dreams, hopes and possibilities.

Having experienced bullying a lot herself, as well as seeing how it affects other young people, Nakita wanted to do something to make a difference. Nakita is an incredible singer (as you can see here) and so at 13 decided to write a song. However, this songwriting process was different than most. Nakita went into six schools and interviewed 180 young people of all ages about their experiences of bullying. Then, with mentorship from the band Dukes, she collated these experiences into a song.

After connecting with the Our Voice Anti-Bullying Projects, award-winning film editor Katie Hinsen organised the shooting of a music video by film professionals. Then, with the support of Parachute Music, a local studio came to the party and gifted the recording. Nakita then auditioned a youth choir, got a few other artists involved (like Massad and Restoration – who wrote the rap), and the stage was set.

Our Voice Anti-Bullying Projects helped Nakita take all of her ideas, and set her up with professional mentors to allow her and her peers to keep leading the project themselves. Around 30 mentors from all over the country and all over the world, were always on hand to teach, guide, and open doors to make such a big concept happen.

The “One Voice” song and music video was recorded in the studio on the same day, a collaboration that saw both film pros and young people behind the sound desk and camera. Then, just as icing on the already-awesome-cake, members of Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production edited and colour graded the video (that’s why it looks so flippin’ fancy) and incredible artist Kristina Webb provided the artwork! The crew from Live For Tomorrow then came to the party, and we’ve been working super hard to get this amazing song out to as many people as possible.

At its heart, “One Voice” is the story of a New Zealand teenager turning some hard experiences into something pretty moving and special, with a whole lot of kind-hearted people doing their bit to help along the way.

The message we hope to share is that it only takes one voice to make a difference when it comes to treating each other right. You’ve heard Nakita’s voice. Now maybe it’s time to add yours?

For more information please see: http://onevoice.net.nz

#disarmbullying #BeKind
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BE KIND CAMPAIGN

Hillsong Collected

On the  21 March 2014 it was the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

This annual day provides a focus for all schools in Australia to say “Bullying. No Way!” and to strengthen the daily message that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time. You can join and find out more about the campaign here bullyingnoway.gov.au/national-day.

How has “bullying” become such a pervasive issue in today’s society? Many of you would agree that “bullying” has been around for years although largely unnoticed. It was only in the last five years through technology and social media advancements that this issue has been magnified and brought it to the forefront.

In response to the issue of bullying in schools The String Movement was founded to help disarm bullying. The goal was to raise awareness by getting young people to tie a a piece of string around their wrist as a statement that “Bullying is not okay”.


The String Movement: Hillsong Collected

This year the String Movement are jumping on board to also launch our “Be Kind” campaign by spreading the universal language of Kindness – “a smile” across school noticeboards, train stations, bus stops and shopping centres.

“Three things in human life are important, the first is to be kind the second is to be kind and the third is to be kind” (Henry James). Acts of kindness is the greatest weapon we have against bullying.
Sadly, bullying is a rising trend that is affecting people all over the world. If we are not careful we can let the gravity of the issue overwhelm and render us helpless. It does not have to be so, as together, we can each play a part to make a difference.

This is why we at the String Movement encourage unity between peers and endeavour to foster a sense of belonging and community that helps to disarm bullying.

We have all heard of the saying, “actions speak louder than words” and we need your help to “Yell” the message by choosing to “Be Kind”.

Remember your voice counts and collectively we can raise a powerful shout that marks a difference in our generation.

The String Movement: Hillsong Collected
The String Movement: Hillsong Collected
The String Movement: Hillsong Collected

There have been thousands of stories of young people that have impacted their world by launching The String Movement. “By starting up the String Movement with a couple of friends firstly in our school, Kinross Wolaroi and then meeting with leaders from other schools in our community. Every high school in Orange, NSW was welcomed into the String Movement through their leaders and some schools had continuous approaches. An example included using string on their shoelaces in team sports as a reminder that bullying is not ok. To me personally, the String movement is not only a reminder that bullying is occurring commonly throughout mostly teenagers but it also has opened my eyes to the importance of seeing the value and worth of every individual on this planet. You never know what the next person you talk to may be going through, so even if they are your worst enemy it’s so important to love them regardless. Striving to make others feel extraordinary (beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular or established) should be a key daily goal for us all.” #BEKIND

Thank you for all of those that got involved last Friday, we heard such a great response and we are so excited to see The String Movement making a difference not only in Australia, but all around the world! 

Check out our social media for more information about how you can BE KIND and Join the Movement.
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Instagram: @stringmovement 
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WELCOME SEATTLE

The String Movement was a part of “WKEND” a youth conference held in Seattle last month.

Using their creativity, voice and community they expressed their passion to disarm bullying through creating a cube like structure as a symbol of the stand that the young people were making to see change to this issue within their world.

According to Jeremiah (String Movement Coordinator, Seattle), “The strings placed on the cube (seen in image attached) were symbolic of our stand together and what we can accomplish working alongside one another.” Over 900 students took part in this project to use their voice to disarm bullying.

There are many school districts across the USA that were represented, with hundreds of students joining the movement in order to Yell it in their world!

Welcome Seattle!

Voices Project 2013 

#VOICESOFSTRING2013

You may have just read the amazing Shaun’s story about his efforts to Disarm Bullying in his world! Over the next few weeks you will be hearing stories of legends in the community making a difference. We would love to hear yours also. If you feel like you have been a voice to disarm bullying where you live, we would love to share your story. Email us at: stringteam@thestringmovement.com!

The String Team

#Peace

Disarm Bullying

#1. Hi My Name is Shaun, I am 11 years old and in grade 6 I decided to join,The String Movement. I go to school at “Bethany Christian School in Adelaide, South Australia.  When I was in year 4, I was bullied and it hurt and shook my world. I had also heard of bullying in my school and soccer team. The effects were so sad that I felt like I needed to do something about it. My mum helped me to register online and we read through the ways I could, Yell It in my school. I decided to write a letter to my principal and it was really easy to, Tie It, Tell It and Yell It. We made a poster for each class and strings! The high school next door heard about the plans and invited me to speak at their school assembly too! An amazing 450 students responded to the message and wore the string to represent their support. I was then invited to speak to 250 girls last month about bullying and how they can prevent it in their world.  Two statements that I like to say are; “Who knows a string can change the world”, and “A piece of string for peace”. Since I launched, The String Movement I have not heard any stories of any one in my grade being bullied anymore! #VoicesOfString2013 (at VOICES OF 2013 )

#1. Hi My Name is Shaun, I am 11 years old and in grade 6 I decided to join,The String Movement. I go to school at “Bethany Christian School in Adelaide, South Australia. When I was in year 4, I was bullied and it hurt and shook my world. I had also heard of bullying in my school and soccer team. The effects were so sad that I felt like I needed to do something about it. My mum helped me to register online and we read through the ways I could, Yell It in my school. I decided to write a letter to my principal and it was really easy to, Tie It, Tell It and Yell It. We made a poster for each class and strings! The high school next door heard about the plans and invited me to speak at their school assembly too! An amazing 450 students responded to the message and wore the string to represent their support. I was then invited to speak to 250 girls last month about bullying and how they can prevent it in their world. Two statements that I like to say are; “Who knows a string can change the world”, and “A piece of string for peace”. Since I launched, The String Movement I have not heard any stories of any one in my grade being bullied anymore! #VoicesOfString2013 (at VOICES OF 2013 )

From One Bully to Another

Imagine what we could do together if each and every person who identifies as a bully could step forward and say out loud, “I am a bully and I would like to change!” I believe that as a society, if we can first accept that pain is expressed in many forms and learn how to identify these behaviors as a cry for help, then we can create a safe space for those people struggling with this behavior to come forward and ask for help. As for the term “bully” itself, it tends to provoke a reaction so inflamed that creating a safe space is not possible, therefore we may need to re-evaluate the “labels” altogether. Only then will this crisis find an end.

 It’s time to do the right thing and begin your journey to the real you, leaving behind your bully.

Peace & Love,
Amy Weber

Creator of, The Bully Chronicles

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-weber/from-one-bully-to-another_b_4129613.html

Students that have chosen to be ON STANDBY and to not just be BYSTANDERS of bullying at St Phillips Christian College New Castle, wear this official SPCC wrist band with string tied to it as a reminder. Every student had to sign a petition that now hangs in their school office to say that, Bullying is Not OK and that they would be on standby for their fellow students! Thank you for being creative & passionate enough to see bullying disarmed in your community!! #TieIt

Students that have chosen to be ON STANDBY and to not just be BYSTANDERS of bullying at St Phillips Christian College New Castle, wear this official SPCC wrist band with string tied to it as a reminder. Every student had to sign a petition that now hangs in their school office to say that, Bullying is Not OK and that they would be on standby for their fellow students! Thank you for being creative & passionate enough to see bullying disarmed in your community!! #TieIt