Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

Anti-bullying message comes to Oxnard/Hueneme Boys & Girls Club

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on March 28, 2011

“Stop the bullying. Stop the bullying!”

Those were the words chanted during a concert by KNS Rockstar at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme on Wednesday in Oxnard.

The concert kicked off the club’s anti-bullying campaign, which took place during National Boys & Girls Club Week.

LaVonne McCullough, the club’s area director, said the club plans to start an anti-bullying curriculum next week, with staff members receiving “Bullying 101” training.

KNS Rockstar, a husband-and-wife duo from Oxnard, has been touring schools in Ventura County for its “Stop Tha Bullying” campaign.

“Our music is very high-energy, feel-good music. So you get a little bit of pop, you get your R&B, you also get your very clean hip-hop, but very fun, high-energy, feel-good music with a positive message,” said the “S” of KNS, Silky, whose real name is Shavonn Turner.

Silky said she and husband Key-i, whose real name is Kevin Turner, have been on a “We Say No” tour for the past three years. After listening to kids, they created the “Stop Tha Bullying” tour.

“Why don’t we come up with something that’s going to help the students in our community gain their confidence, bring them happiness, show them love, show them support, show them someone else cares, besides them relying on their friends or the negative energy they may get from other music artists? That’s what prompted us to start our school tour,” she said.

During the concert Wednesday, school officials and kids were invited to talk about bullying. Kids who participated were eligible to win prizes.

Oscar Hernandez, principal of Hueneme High School, told the audience he was bullied when he was in school. He advised kids to tell an adult if they’re being bullied.

Jennifer Bland, a teacher at Blackstock Junior High School in Oxnard, said KNS Rockstar performed at her school. Bullying is a growing problem, she said.

“We need to appreciate our differences and accept each other for who we are,” she told the audience.

The Boys & Girls Club concert included appearances by Second to None and Sade Champagne.

Haidyn Koski, 6, and Jaden Latamer, 8, each came away with prizes.

Of bullying, Haidyn said, “It’s not good.”

“I don’t like it,” Jaden said.

Key-i said the group does not get paid but asks for donations to put toward the next performance.

KNS Rockstar also has a radio program at 6:20 a.m. Sundays on Q-104.7 FM.

“It’s all prerecorded. What we do, we invite community leaders in, parents, students, principals, advisers to speak on bullying,” Silky said.

They intend to continue the tour for as long as they feel there’s a need for the anti-bullying message.

“I think we are going to continue to push because kids need us,” Silky said. “They don’t always speak out to their teachers or to their parent. They don’t feel comfortable speaking about bullying and the issues that they go through, so their next thing is to look for a role model or someone they feel connected with or they can talk to, and I think there’s always going to be a need for a child to talk to someone on their level about what they’re going through.”

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