Mangere College says NO to Family Violence - 1 August 2014

A student-led It's not OK Campaign launched at Mangere College in South Auckland in July.

Students and staff have been working on the campaign all year with support from Jude Simpson, family violence prevention advocate for Presbyterian Support Northern, who also answers questions on the It's not OK website.Stickers from Mangere College campaign

The campaign is branded in orange with the bold message ‘Mangere College says NO to Family Violence'.  The message appears on billboards, posters, t shirts, drink bottles and pens, using art work by Mangere College students.

Throughout the year staff and 20 students who have put their hands up to be champions have attended training workshops and developed ideas for spreading the message that family violence is not OK in Mangere.

Student champions have been trained in how to respond if someone tells them they are affected by violence at home, and where they can go for help. 

Wednesday 23 July was dedicated an It's not OK day.  Students rotated around different activities at school, including listening to Jude and Vic Tamati talk about their experiences of growing up with violence at home.

The campaign builds on the existing kaupapa at the school of Respect and Responsibility.

"Becoming an It's not OK school builds on the great work Mangere College has already been doing in supporting students to speak up in the event of family violence. We take our students' wellbeing seriously including all aspects of children's health and this is another way we can enhance that," Principal John Heyes said

The campaign has already had an impact with both staff and students receiving praise and acknowledgement outside the school gates in the Mangere community.

Student champion Desaray Williams issued a challenge to other schools on national television.

Watch the TV1 news item.

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