- Must demonstrate how young people have developed and implemented the project from start to finish.
- Must provide evidence of the positive impact this project has achieved for the young people involved.
*Savannah Pride Basketball Program Open or Close
Supported by SydWest Multicultural Services, Savannah Pride is a basketball program developed by young people for young people. This innovative program was established in 2005 by newly arrived young people to Blacktown who wanted to play basketball. Over the years the program has attracted more than 500 teenagers within the Blacktown LGA and beyond to weekly training sessions, seasonal competitions and bi-annual national tournaments.
Based at Blacktown PCYC, it empowers over 100 at risk boys and girls each year through a comprehensive basketball program that builds self-esteem, life skills and resilience through sports and a commitment to education.
Claymore Youth Advisory Committee Open or Close
The Claymore Youth Advisory Committee (CYAC) was established in July 2014, the first of its kind in Claymore. The CYAC is comprised of six young people between 14 and 17 years of age. Throughout a series of workshops the CYAC identified what they felt were the central issues affecting young people in Claymore. The CYAC established that community pride, safety and the environment were their top priorities.
With the support of Save the Children (SCA) staff, the CYAC were successful in their application for State Government 'Youth Opportunities' funding. Throughout 2015 they implemented a range of environmentally focused activities that addressed their three top priority areas.
Fisher's Gig Open or Close
Fisher's Gig, Campbelltown's annual youth music festival has been part of the Festival of Fisher's Ghost celebrations since 1998. Starting as a band competition at the local Civic Centre, the event has grown to become an award winning music festival, with local bands auditioning in heats for support roles to play at Fisher's Gig.
Fisher's Gig is a platform for young artists and performers to display their talent to a vast audience and provides a professional development opportunity for Council's Youth Entertainment Reference Group and Campbelltown Youth Network to gain experience and knowledge of the music industry and event management skills.
Heat from the Street Open or Close
Young people wanted to respond to negative media messaging about Mt Druitt. This led to the creation of Heat from the Street. The counter message came from the vibrant musical and filmmaking culture of Mt Druitt being developed and showcased.
A youth committee had creative vision and oversight over the process. Five filmmakers from the area were employed and mentored to share knowledge with 80 participants through music, multimedia, video and events. The project employed two young people from Mt Druitt as project producers to ensure engagement/relevance. 300 people enjoyed a youth run showcase event. The videos have had 26,000 Youtube views.
Reclaimed Project Open or Close
'Reclaimed' is a furniture and homeware social enterprise providing part time income for disadvantaged young people in Western Sydney whilst they gain work skills and experience in a simulated work environment to secure full time employment. Reclaimed is run from Marist Youth Care's Skills Development Centre in Blacktown.
The enterprise allows for the creation of saleable items including refurbished retro furniture, innovative wall art, relocatable vertical gardens, weathered timber frames and mirrors. Recycled materials are used in the creation of these items. Once repaired, and refurbished by the participants these items are offered for sale to the public.
#IAmSydneysWest Open or Close
#IAmSydneysWest is a youth initiative that was co-led by Blacktown Youth Service Association (BYSA) that uses social media as a medium to address social stereotypes of people, especially young people, from Western Sydney.
The project started off with an idea from a young person, Lui Savea, who assisted with BYSA in coming up with a youth project idea at a Youth Ideas Festival. This competition allows that young people to create and share a youth initiative strategy with their chosen youth service, with the winner receiving $20,000. Lui and BYSA became joint-winners with Blacktown PCYC.
#IAmSydneysWest is part of BYSA’s youth led iGNITE Youth Group. The project was initiated and completed by local young people from Blacktown, who were more than aware of the struggles of young people living from Western Sydney.