Outstanding Youth Led Project in Greater Western Sydney
Projects across Greater Western Sydney which has been developed and implemented from start to finish, by young people which has had a tremendous outcome for their communities.
Below are our nominees for the 2017 ZEST Award for Outstanding Youth Led Project in Greater Western Sydney:
Friend2Friend – Winner
Friend2Friend is a peer-to-peer mental health workshop created by young people for young people in Western Sydney. Friend2Friend aims to engage and give practical skills to young people in having tough conversations around mental health topics including anxiety and depression, and steps they can take to help friends going through a tough time. Friend2Friend also aims to reduce the stigma around having conversations about mental health in Western Sydney. The project includes a workshop and resources, researched, developed, and facilitated by young people. Participants can also run their own school workshops after attending and gaining facilitation skills.
#IAmSydneysWest is a social media campaign that engages and promotes social awareness and cultural identity of young people across Western Sydney. It aims to share their personal traits and aspirations through a creative medium for the purpose of self-realisation. Western Sydney is often stereotyped with negative perceptions. Young people feel that they are discriminated against because of their locality. The negativity always overshadows the positives and success stories of young people in Western Sydney often go unrecognized. In order to overcome these stereotypes and perceptions, a better understanding from the wider community is needed. This promotional video campaign, designed by young people for young people, highlights the strengths and aspirations of young people in Western Sydney.
Imprint is project based on the creative arts and expression. It provides young artists from refugee and new migrant backgrounds with access to an art studio set up and an environment or creative people from different disciplines. The students are taught different skills such as art techniques, online promotion, how to start up a potential business in the arts, and how to apply for grants and positions in creative work spaces. Imprint was formed to overcoming stigma of “art” as a career particularly in new communities, as well as providing tangible pathways to employment in this often difficult to break field.
Over the past 18 months, The City of Canterbury Bankstown Council’s Youth Committee, Youth off the Streets Initiative team, and Headspace’s Youth Reference group partnered together to attend 2 leadership camps. 45 youth from the 3 groups attended the camps which included workshops (public speaking, event/project management, etc.), and team building activities. Throughout the camps, young people identified youth issues relevant to the local area and discussed how these could be addressed. Members were then given the opportunity to manage their own youth led projects to address these issues. The projects included a multicultural festival in 2016, and a social inclusion art project commencing 2017.
Sydney Pacifica Youth Leadership Team
Sydney Pacifica is Australia’s largest cultural festival involving high schools, PCYC centres & youth centres throughout Sydney that have Pacific, NZ Maori & Aboriginal Indigenous students & young people. It aims to reconnect the students to their cultural heritage and learn the importance of traditions, customs and values to support their identity & raise their self-esteem & self-worth. High schools & community centres acknowledge that Sydney Pacifica is a well being engagement tool that reduces truancy, encourages application to school subjects, lifts school moral & creates a supportive harmonious environment for both students & teachers.
The Youth Collective (YC)
The Youth Collective (YC) facilitates projects and programs that foster confidence, resilience and self-empowerment for young people from multicultural backgrounds to shape them into tomorrow’s leaders. Run by youth, for youth, YC helps young people across Greater Western Sydney to develop the skills, networks and confidence to have their say on important issues and improve the support available to them. It also aims to connect youth with their peers so they can learn from each other and grow their leadership capacity. YC is led by a steering committee comprising young people, youth workers and settlement professionals.
Write It Out (WIO)
Write It Out (WIO) harnesses the abilities of students to express their opinions openly and freely in a safe environment and contribute to the LMA’s flagship publication, Youthink Magazine. The WIO unit of work is based on the notion that voices from diverse backgrounds have the power to act as transformative agents of social change. Through a focus on contemporary media, students engage in critical and creative conversations about how voices from diverse backgrounds are represented in the media. Through this study, students compose a written piece that is published in Youthink Magazine and share their authentic voice in a meaningful way.
Youth Connect is an initiative of The Disability Trust and has been developed to improve outcomes for Young People Leaving Care (YPLC) who typically have long histories of trauma and abuse. Many clients do not have positive peer role models and have somewhat poor skills in developing and maintaining positive relationships. Often this manifests itself in the young person placing themselves in risky situations including drugs and alcohol or unsafe sexual practices. Youth Connect facilitates community development and education opportunities and provides a framework for young people to be active participants in their local community
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