15-Year-Old Launches Online Anti-Bullying Resource
15-Year-Old Kiwi Singer Launches Online Anti-Bullying Resource
In March Nakita Turner’s song and music video “One Voice” received over 50,000 views in a week. Stories poured in from around the world of the effect of the young advocates message.
“When I started this project, all that mattered was that it helped at least one person,” says Nakita. “Seeing the response has been overwhelming. It has not just had an influence here in New Zealand, but all over the world. 167 different countries have viewed it on YouTube.”
She has now teamed up with youth organisation Zeal, through its advocacy department Live For Tomorrow, to produce a free online resource to help spark conversation in schools and communities around bullying. The resource is now available at http://www.livefortomorrow.co.nz/onevoice.
“It is an easy to use, inspirational tool for teachers, youth workers, educators, and community groups,” says Nakita. “I also hope it will encourage other students to make a stand and start their own projects, dreaming big to make a change in their communities.”
The online resource includes and a range of video content and questions, including the “One Voice” song, a behind the scenes documentary and Nakita sharing simple ways to take action. The behind the scenes documentary was produced by high school students from across Canterbury, who received the mentorship of film and television professionals from around the world.
“Since Nakita released her hit song, she has received countless requests to speak at schools and events,” says Zeal Operations & Advocacy Manager, Elliot Taylor, who co-produced the resource. “This resource makes it easy for every teacher and youth worker, whereever in the world they may be, to have their young people hear Nakita’s inspirational message.”
Nakita’s work to reduce bullying resulted in a Change Makers Award from the Ministry of Youth Development in May.