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Lens On Strengths

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Youth Action

52-58 William Street

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Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011

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Learn new ideas and ways of working with young people through Asset Based Community Development, Appreciative Inquiry and Storytelling/Arts

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SoulGen Presents

Lens on Strengths 2020

Are you passionate about youth  community engagement,  development and empowrment?

We live in challenging times of increasing youth unemployment, homelessness, mental health, social isolation and environmental crisis.

And while many different organisations, councils, NGOs, government bodies, universities,  charities, and social enterprises are working on solutions, there is a need for  a new approach that moves away from silos and deficit based models and brings together all different stakeholders, places young people at the centre of decision making  and harnesses their strengths, passion and creativity for the common good.

Join this 2 day professional development training, get inspired and learn new ideas, tools and innovative  ways of working with young people through Asset based community development (ABCD), Appreciative inquiry (AI), Storytelling & Arts.

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) builds on the assets that are found in the community and mobilizes individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to realise and develop their strengths.  Whereas needs-based community development emphasizes local deficits and looks to outside agencies for resources, asset-based community development focuses on honing and leveraging existing strengths within the community.  Everyone has gifts. Each person in a community has something to contribute.

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a change management approach that focuses on identifying what is working well, analyzing why it is working well and then doing more of it. The basic tenet of AI is that an organization or community will grow in whichever direction that people in the organization focus their attention.

Storytelling is considered one of the  most important tradition humans possess. It describes the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics or arts. Every culture has its own stories or narratives, which are shared as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values. Every story contains a lesson to instruct the audience. Stories inspire us and teach us how to love, forgive, be just and strive for a better world.  

Some of the topics that will be covered in the training are:

- Intro to Asset Based Community Development -Learning Cafe - Youth Participatory Leadership- Open Space Technology - Circle Methodology & 4 Fold Practice - Appreciative Inquiry & Soar-  DEC - Storytelling & Community Arts- Social Innovation & Enteprise

Host

Dimitrios Papalexis, Founder Soul Gen,  NSW Youth Worker of the Year 2019

Dimitrios is a Social Entrepreneur, Speaker,  Community Developer, Trainer &  Performing Artist. He has lived in three different countries, speaks 4 languages and worked in various non-government organisations including mental health, disability, carers and community programs in the past. Dimitrios has been using  participatory approaches over the last years working with young people and communities in Australia and overseas. Dimitrios has also many years of experience with Psychodrama, Playback theatre and forum theatre. He has been awarded with a Do it Differently Grant from Bayside Council and South Eastern Local Health District SESLHD on 2016 for his ABCD project "Everyone has a Story".He has also been awarded the NSW Youth Worker of the Year Award 2019 for his outstanding work with young people using Asset Based Community Development, Arts & Social Enterprise.

Special Guest Speakers:

Zizi Charidas, Director Community Minds

Zizi Charida is the Founder and Director of Community Minds, a not-for profit organisation based in Sydney, Australia, that works with community groups to develop programs that enhance and build better connected and cohesive communities. Zizi has initiated projects, events and school-based programs that promote Asset Based Community Driven Effort (ABCDE) practice and philosophy. She will be bringing her wealth of knowledge to the Lens on Strengths Training with her workshop on ‘Intro to Appreciative Inquiry’; helping you tap into your positive core and build confidence and capacity.  Learn about Appreciative inquiry, how it works, how to use the power of your language to create desired change, and how to put it into practise.

Corey Tutt, Founder of Deadly Science, University Research Assistant,  2020 NSW Young Australian of the Year.

Corey is the founder of a programme promoting STEMM to Indigenous school students honoured by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a ceremony held at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art recently. A Kamilaroi man originally from Dapto, in the Illawarra, Corey started the Deadly Science initiative in 2018. The program provides remote schools with scientific resources and connects young Indigenous people with mentors to encourage their participation in subjects. While continuing to work his day job at the University’s Matilda Centre, Corey has worked tirelessly to source donated funds and books for Deadly Science and now lives in Gordon. He has so far distributed more than 5,000 books and 70 telescopes to schools across Australia.Corey’s work to help Indigenous children believe in themselves and understand their environment is remarkable. Corey  will share in the training about his work with Deadly Science, how he manages this project himself, on top of his role with the the University of Sydney along with tips on how  to be a successful social entrepreneur.

Ally Kelly, CEO Mindblank

Ally Kelly is the CEO & Founder of Mind Blank Ltd.  For years she has been grass roots social advocate and a firm believer in early intervention.  She has led the charity through seven years of service, for which her efforts were recognised in winning the 2017 Mental Health Matters Award for Mental Health Promotion.Ally is an experienced senior manager in the non-profit sector. Previously, her roles outside of Mind Blank included work in the social services supporting marginalised community members and outreach services support to rough sleepers.In 2018 Ally complete her Masters in Humanitarian studies majoring in research in social justice, inequality and humanitarian affairs. She believes that primary prevention offers the greatest hope for intervention recovery and therefore takes every opportunity to educate the community to recognise the early signs of mental illness, without stigmatising or discriminating. 

As a survivor of past trauma Ally has had first-hand experience with PTSD. Her story and passion for the cause comes from a compassion that was triggered from being a carer for a parent who has been suicidal many times. Ally will share about her individual story and they work she does with Mind Blank in using Arts (Forum Theatre) with young people as a strentgh based approach in mental health awareness  and suicide prevention.

Guest Artists

Young  talented artists will also share their stories and  passion for arts during the training.

Date

Tuesday & Wednesday 11th - 12th February 2020 

Time

9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue

Youth Action 401/52-58 William St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

While every effort will be made to ensure the meeting room is appropriate for accessibility requirements, unfortunately Level 4 is not fitted with an accessible bathroom.

Book your ticket now to avoid dissapointent.

Group discounts available. 

Discounts for regional workers available. 

Contact abcdfamtour@gmail.com or 0400354939 for more information. 

Disclaimer:

SoulGen is a Social Enteprise meaning  we operate on a for purpose model. We are committed to providing a space for community and young people to express their voices and identity and mobilize their strengths. A part of the income goes back to the community and young people.

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