Young People

Are you a young person wanting to help prevent family violence in New Zealand, or do you want to involve young people in an It's not OK project?

Projects at school and in the community are a great way for young people to learn that it is OK to offer help, and ask for it, when someone is experiencing family violence, including dating violence.

Here are some examples of how young people around New Zealand have got involved in the It's not OK Campaign.

Mangere College set up a long-term project to ensure it's ok for students to talk about family violence and get support or offer help. They had speakers like our campaign champion Jude Simpson come into the school to talk to students, produced tshirts, billboards, stickers and drink bottles with the messages on them, ran awareness days, and put together packs of information for new students at the beginning of the school year.

******** How did Mangere College do it? Check out this You Tube video.

A Taiohi Morehu project in the Hutt Valley developed leadership among rangatahi through traditional Maori arts and drama.

Rangatahi gathered at noho marae to learn about family violence and about traditional Māori ways for supporting whānau to promote zero tolerance to violence.

SAVE Nelson/Tasman (Students Against Violence Everywhere) was set up by two Nelson College students, with the slogan ‘Domestic Violence - Not our Generation'.

The It's not OK Campaign then supported a SAVE project in 12 Waikato High Schools where groups developed anti-violence initiatives targeted to their local school and community. 

Community campaigns

Young people have got involved in It's not OK campaigns in their communities. Mike Hill (below) appeared in the poster campaign in Waihi.

Some young artists have helped spread the message by creating colourful murals at their school or in town.

In this video, Liam from Otorohanga and other young champions talk about their involvement in local campaigns.

Liam from Otorohanga

Danika Hotham is a champion with the Papamoa It's not OK Campaign. Danika believes the Family Violence – It's Not OK campaign will be an amazing way to raise awareness in the community about domestic violence. Read her story here.

Contact the It's not OK Campaign team if you want to talk about setting up an anti-family violence project involving young people: areyouok@msd.govt.nz

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Other youth community action

Read about how other young people are working to address family violence.

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