Difficult subjects, safe processes
The program facilitators collaborate with young people, using Forum Theatre processes to create youth-devised short films, music videos and commercials on issues such as the dangers of sniffing, marijuana and other substance abuse, road safety, school absenteeism, healthy relationships and protective behaviours. Working closely with the school’s Indigenous Assistant teachers, the program also incorporates traditional language and stories that explore positive health messages and celebrate and reinforce traditional cultural values.
The final event held in each participating remote community school involves the coming together of students with their peers, families, teachers, community Elders and local police to provide program participants with an opportunity to showcase their work and discuss their concerns regarding the issues they and their community face, with the aim of finding workable solutions.
An Edith Cowan University Child Health Promotion Research Centre evaluation of this program, found that amongst the young participants there was an observed increase in caring and respectful interactions with each other, stronger more positive decision making skills, a stronger desire and ability to communicate with each other, their teachers and families about how to work through powerful social and health concerns, and a stronger understanding that these issues need to be discussed at a community level in order to be resolved.
To learn more about a Youth Choices Remote School Programs or enquire about delivering this process at your remote school contact our Manager Arts and Education Development on 9272 0000 or email Danielle@constablecare.org.au