Posted on January 7, 2021 by Lucy Thomas, co-CEO of PROJECT ROCKIT
As Australia’s youth-driven movement against bullying, hate and prejudice, PROJECT ROCKIT is actively shaped by the thousands of students we meet in schools each week. When my sister Rosie and I launched PROJECT ROCKIT, we were fresh out of school ourselves.
In 2021, we are proud to launch our first Global Advisory Board, a group of absolute legends (not at all exaggerating). All of those folks are long-time supporters of PROJECT ROCKIT and I personally admire them greatly. The Global Advisory Board will provide a great complement to our long-standing Youth Brains Trust – a group of young people aged 13–20 who we share two-way learning with and who steer the future of PROJECT ROCKIT. By assembling this new Global Advisory Board, we hope to create new opportunities for our young team to learn from/with these internationally renowned champions, as well as bringing visibility and structure to the wonderful ways that we learn from each valued Advisor already.
So with that, we are thrilled to introduce The PROJECT ROCKIT Global Advisory Board 🎉 🎉 🎉
A youth advocate, writer and 23-year participant/observer in the Internet safety field, Anne serves as an adviser to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Yubo and YouTube. Passionate about youth digital rights, she blogs at NetFamilyNews.org and is an activist in the user care space, having piloted a social media helpline for US schools. Her full bio is here.
Alex is Deputy CEO at non-profit The Diana Award, which is a legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world. He is founder of peer to peer support programme Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, a network of trained young people dedicated to preventing peer on peer violence and bullying particularly in schools. This is a programme Alex founded when aged 16, after experiencing bullying himself.
Monica Lewinsky is an anti-bullying activist, a global public speaker, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a long-time supporter of PROJECT ROCKIT. She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience and reputation, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame and equality.
A proud Cabrogal Woman, Mikaela Jade is passionate about bridging the digital divide for over 400 millions First Peoples who currently do not have equal access to digital futures. She not only encourages appropriate use of technologies, she advocates for Indigenous design of fourth industrial revolution technologies. Mikaela is proud to join the Advisory Board for PROJECT ROCKIT because she believes in the transformative work of young people for a better future.
Dr. Sameer Hinduja serves as Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, Professor of Criminology at Florida Atlantic University, and Faculty Associate at Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. He is recognised internationally for his groundbreaking research on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, and works extensively with youth and youth-serving organisations to identify social and technological solutions to harm.