11 March 2015
I've got your back
A new short film has been released by koko, an award-winning blog for teenage girls about friendships.
The I've Got your Back film was launched at the Girls' Brigade spring conference on 7 March as part of a special session led by Rachel Gardner, national president of the Girls' Brigade, looking at feuds, fun and friendship among girls.
I've Got your Back, which has received more than 3,000 views already and features 30 girls from Stockport School, promotes healthy friendships calling on teenage girls to encourage each other and build one another up.
Meg Cannon, koko project co-ordinator, said: "We've been hearing on the koko website and in schools that girls' friendships can be pretty toxic and destructive.
"We wanted to produce a piece that would challenge and inspire teenage girls towards a more positive approach to friendship. The reality is, we can all make an effort to be kinder, more generous and caring, and as the film says: 'It starts with you'."
Alliance member Girls' Brigade hope that this film will create a ripple effect with teenage girls across the UK and beyond as they explore what healthy friendships look like.
The group of 30 Stockport School pupils from Years 7 to 11 helped with research for the film, are featured in it and their words were used in the script.
Meg adds: "In February koko took assemblies for Years 7, 8 and 9 at the school. I had lots of conversations with the girls about friendships and heard stories, which I wove into the spoken word piece used in the film.
"Each girl brings so much power to
the film… I still get goose bumps every time I see it."
koko is an innovative website, under the umbrella of Girls' Brigade Ministries, and is created with teenage girls firmly in mind to help them explore life together –inspiring, challenging and encouraging them –and looking at tough issues.
Koko won the Up and Coming award at the Christian New Media Awards and Most Innovative Project category in the Youthwork Awards in 2014. Koko stands for Keep On Keeping On.