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Rosie Thomas OAM

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: Co-founder, Project ROCKIT

Focus Area

Positive social change

Rosie Thomas OAM

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: Co-founder, Project ROCKIT

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I’m co-founder of PROJECT ROCKIT, Australia’s youth-driven movement against bullying, hate and prejudice. My sister, Lucy and I launched PROJECT ROCKIT 14 years ago when we were fresh out of high school because we were sick and tired of seeing bullying destroy the lives of our peers and felt that no one was doing anything about it in a way that actually reached young people.

 

Back then, we came up with a new vision for what we wanted to see: a world where kindness and respect thrive over bullying, hate and prejudice and all young people are free to realise their potential. Fast forward over a decade and PROJECT ROCKIT has now impacted hundreds of thousands of young people all over the country proving that it can and should be young people leading the way on the issues that matter to them most.

 

I identify as a ferocious force for good. I draw energy (and I have lots of it) from lifting others up and helping them identify their purpose and positive impact in the world.

 

I believe that to really move the needle on bullying, we need on to work together. This is represented in my work serving on the Global Safety Boards of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. PROJECT ROCKIT has been credited as an Australian pioneer and in 2019 along with my sister, I was honoured to receive an Order of Australia Medal in recognition for this.

 

With me is my co-founder Lucy Thomas - the creative genius behind our unique model for change and a whole a team of incredibly passionate young people who are incubating Australian social change in schools every day. This work is a great honour.

Skills & Expertise

  • Empowering young people to take action
  • Scaling a youth organisation
  • Building impact partnerships
  • Social enterprise development
  • Public Speaking

"I think it often surprises people to hear that from time to time, I really suffer from Imposter Syndrome - I may be extroverted and appear to have limitless confidence but that nasty voice in my head has really held me back before. This is probably the biggest hurdle I've faced building PROJECT ROCKIT!"


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