Living in a home with a dad who is personal safety and bullying prevention expert definitely impacted my overall outlook on the two issues. With personal safety, Dad wanted us to be aware of the possibilities but not to live our lives in fear. And with bullying, he wanted us to be able to stand up and speak up for ourselves and others without things snowballing or getting swept under the rug. After his workshops, he would come home and tell me that parents are always asking him if he had a training program for kids to get the same skills.
Speaking from experience, sorry dad, but young people like myself don't enjoy getting a lecture from their parents. And then it hit me: I bet if a peer was passing on the advice, teens would be more open to the message. I also thought it would be amazing to have other young people involved in the project; a teens teaching teens experience if you will. So after going through my own training, I approached some of my long time theatre friends to see if they would be interested in helping to create a unique and very much needed video series, targeting young people who need these really important skills. And here we are!
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