One video is a tribute to the bullied teens who have taken their own lives.
Tyler and Scott set out to raise awareness about this deadly problem, and to let students know they have the power to stop it. Their message hit home; one girl said she felt sick to her stomach because she felt so guilty. Tyler says, "If we helped just one person overcome the hardship of bullying, then I feel I have accomplished the world." Scott adds, "A few days after the assembly, some students actually came to us for advice about a situation they were in, and that, to me, made our whole project worth it."
The second video features 50 students and an original song.
Both Tyler and Scott have been bullied. It was worse for Scott who says his brother's friends made fun of him and called him "gay". And, both teens admit they too bullied other kids. Tyler says, "If I had the chance to go back and change it, I would."
They have this advice for teens, "Our message is that when things get tough, don't give up, always remember that you are still young and have many, many more chapters of life to go and things won't always be bad."
Both videos have been submitted in the Great American NO BULL Challenge's video competition. Teens are competing for $25,000 in prizes and the opportunity to spread their anti-cyberbullying message globally. Winners will be announced at the NO BULL Teen Video Awards in July.
Tyler and Scott are active in: FCCLA, SADD, and 4H, all of which are active NO BULL Campaign partners.
About The Great American NO BULL Challenge:
The Great American NO BULL Challenge and the NO BULL Teen Video Awards are a way to change the national conversation about bullying. The national campaign was founded by Shawn Edgington, a cyber-safety expert, bestselling author and President of The Cyber Safety Academy. The Great American NO BULL Challenge inspires America's 25 million teens to stand up and come together to eliminate all types of bullying by inspiring bravery among our youth. Now through March, students will write and direct their own videos to create Public Service Announcements with an anti-bullying theme.
Fifteen finalists will be invited to attend the star-studded NO BULL Teen Video Awards show in San Francisco, promoted by Live Nation. At the NO BULL Teen Video Awards, teens will see amazing artists perform live, have the chance to win $25,000 worth of prizes while having their video introduced to the world.
The Great American NO BULL Challenge is a 501c3 organization.
The Campaign's Strategic Partners:
The campaign's strategic partners include: Formspring, iSafe, National Organizations for Youth Safety, FCCLA, teenDailyStrength, 4-H, Students Against Destructive Decisions, HealthCorps, The Anti-Defamation League, Business Professionals of America, Project Change, American School Counselor Association, The Megan Meier Foundation, National Collaboration for Youth, The Bully Police Squad, imbee, Jay Banks Productions, Social Shield, GuestAssist Campus, Communities in Schools, the California Endowment and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Facebook. www.nobullchallenge.org