Stomping Out Stereotypes
Frankston High School, Frankston VIC
Stomping Out Stereotypes was an Inspired Citizens project created by the year 9 LEAD class at Frankston High School. Their mission is to reduce the impact of stereotyping in their community and, through this, have a bigger impact in breaking down issues like bullying, racism and sexism.
The students believe that stereotypes cause a lot of social issues in their community and they wanted to create a project to help break down some of these assumptions. Stomping Out Stereotypes was led by the guiding principle: you decide who you are, and not society. Their aim is to share this message in their community. Stomping Out Stereotypes involved creating and delivering workshops for young people in Frankston. Through these workshops they educated others on stereotyping and empowered them to take the issue into their own hands in order to make a difference.
The Inspired Citizens program was established in 2017 by FYA and the Australian of the Year Awards to empower young people across Australia to do great things in their communities. Over 150 students from 12 secondary schools across Australia created projects to address issues they care about in their communities. FYA supported each school with a full day codesign workshop, a $500 grant to get projects off the ground and a teacher toolkit mapped to curriculum.
The results were incredible. Projects ranged from street art in the city of Darwin to promote inclusion, a local radio show addressing mental health issues in the Pilbara, to peer-led workshops with primary school students in Frankston. These short films document just a small amount of the hard work that went into all of these great projects that are still having an impact in communities across Australia.