Lucy Thomas

Co-Founder, Project Rockit

Lucy is a creative and innovative force in the youth space. As a facilitator, public speaker and provisional psychologist, her imaginative take on life is at the core of her ability to connect with young people in a credible and meaningful way. Lucy has over 10 years’ experience in group facilitation, public speaking and youth work. In 2010, she made her International debut as a speaker at the U.S. National Stop Girl Bullying Conference in Texas, during which she appeared on primetime CBS news. She has made multiple appearances as a cyberbullying expert for Channel 7 news, ABC’s Compass, Cleo Magazine and Triple J’s Hack program, as well as being featured by the Commonwealth Bank’s Women in Focus initiative: National Young Leaders Day. She has collaborated with author Anna Barnes, contributing material to her book, GIRL!: The Ultimate Guide to Being You. Lucy was also named winner of Anthill Magazine’s 30 under 30 awards (2010), which provides recognition to 30 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavors. Lucy graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (honours) and is now completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University. As a multi-instrumentalist (drums/guitar/piano), she is passionate about using music as a vehicle to break down social barriers and build genuine human connections. As well as running PROJECT ROCKIT, Lucy has personally illustrated all of the organisation’s visual materials, designed the logo and built the website. This artistic background, together with a solid professional grounding in psychology and youth development, has equipped Lucy with the precious ability to creatively engage young people to generate self-awareness, growth and positive social change. PROJECT ROCKIT was launched in 2006 by Rosie and Lucy Thomas, two Melbournian sisters who saw the opportunity to build diversity, citizenship and resilience by tackling the issue of bullying in school communities. To put it simply, PROJECT ROCKIT envisages a world where respect thrives over bullying, hate and prejudice, and ALL young people are free to realise their potential. We’re an antibullying organisation that empowers young people to stand up and lead change in school and beyond. In evaluation, 96% of students found PROJECT ROCKIT personally helpful and 94% observed a difference in the culture of their year level following the program. PROJECT ROCKIT has now worked with over 40,000 school students and presented at major national and international conferences. They have served as lead consultants to Microsoft Australia, developing company-endorsed strategies for dealing with cyberbullying on Microsoft-produced platforms. Recently in partnership with En Masse, the team launched the P-ROCK Online anti-bullying curriculum, available Australia-wide. Designed by young people for young people, P-ROCK Online has been described as an Aussie-first and is empowering young change-makers all over the country. Late last year, PROJECT ROCKIT partnered with Facebook and headspace to launch the Be Bold. Stop Bullying National antibullying campaign with the support of the Prime Minister, Minister of Mental Health and Minister of Education. PROJECT ROCKIT are currently seeking a major corporate partner to roll out the P-ROCK Online curriculum to schools all over the country. “Together we can revolutionise the way that education is delivered to all corners of the country while positively changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australian young people”. www.projectrockit.com.au