“It’s a great experience - this is our community and we should be aware of it”

Dana adding to the ‘Fired-up Map’

Dana adding to the ‘Fired-up Map’

Looking into Community

Throughout the course of day three, we got to see that community can look different for everyone. Our community mapping activity showed that each of us has different relationships to the people, places, activities and identities that surround us, both locally and globally. From Denna’s spoken word community to Nyalour and Setara’s international BTS fandom (A.R.M.Y.), we saw enormous scope.

It’s important for us to think about how communities relate to each other in order to be active citizens. Together we considered how leadership becomes active citizenship when the change that is made is for the benefit of a community.

Ugly Dance

There are too many great action shots of this activity to choose from… thanks everyone for showcasing your best bops and jives in this energiser! It was an honour to share the stage with you all and join in with your not-so-ugly dancing.

Sandeep busts a move!

Sandeep busts a move!

Close up on the Fired-Up Map

Close up on the Fired-Up Map

Fired-Up Map and Vision Building

We certainly ended this program with a bang! During the Fired-Up Map activity, an incredible range of issues were suggested as issues that spark passion for the Casey Young Initiators. You grouped these issues into five themes:

  • Racism

  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers

  • Mental Health

  • Environment and Animal Cruelty

  • Lack of education

The vision boards you produced give a glimpse into a world where active citizens such as yourselves bring about the end of these complicated problems

Where to from here?

We want to thank all of you for being a part of this training intensive! It’s a privilege to learn from you and help you learn from each other. We can’t wait to start working with you on the youth-led project and find out how your values, skills, vision, passion and interests make positive change in your communities.

In the meantime, you might want to check out some initiatives that relate to your Fired-Up Map! Have a look into Colour Code’s anti-racist work, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and RISE for refugee support, some successful mental health campaigns and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

See you soon!

Sophie, Sandeep and Nyayoud x


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