AN Australian youth-driven movement against bullying, hate and prejudice made a stop in Hobart recently to deliver workshops to Dominic College as part of Mental Health Week.
PROJECT ROCKIT, a Melbourne-based organisation, spent a few days in the area to work with more than 800 students, empowering them to stand up for themselves and their mates, both on and offline.
Started by two young sisters Rosie and Lucy Thomas 13-years-ago, PROJECT ROCKIT has turned into a national movement, impacting tens of thousands of young people each year.
Their mission is to create a world where kindness and respect thrives over bullying, hate and prejudice, and all young are free to realise their potential.
The workshops are discussion-based and are run by experienced facilitators and digital natives – many of whom are fresh out of high school themselves.
Designed to empower and inspire young people to lead change, PROJECT ROCKIT’s workshops explore themes of empathy, resilience and social leadership.
PROJECT ROCKIT co-founder and chief executive officer Lucy Thomas said the workshops reminded young people that they have the choice to be a valuable source of leadership in the online world.
“We allow young people to recognise their power in the online world and use that power for good,” she said.
“They use their unique strengths to stand up, challenge the status quo and reclaim technology as a tool for positivity.”
Dominic College year seven to 10 coordinator of pastoral care Aaron Davey said having Ms Thomas attend the college and talk to the students had the biggest impact.
“They [the presenters] know the issues and can help students unpack them and make positive change,” he said.
“Bringing Lucy to keynote our 2019 Mental Health Week was amazing, her passion and enthusiasm was unbelievable.”
For more information about PROJECT ROCKIT, visit www.projectrockit.com.au.
Caption: The PROJECT ROCKIT Team with Dominic College students during Mental Health Week.