Wyndham students speak out against racism and homelessness

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A group of Wyndham students have launched two campaigns taking a stand against racism and homelessness in the community.

In a first of its kind for Wyndham, students have been paired with experts in community development and marketing to tackle the issues that affect young people in the City. Thirty students from The Grange P-12 College and Wyndham Community and Education Centre took part in the project, supported by The Huddle (North Melbourne Football Club), Wyndham City Council, Whittlesea City Council, and the Centre for Multicultural Youth.

Over the past six months, students have worked collaboratively on the campaigns, looking at issues of discrimination, social justice and mental wellbeing and building on their leadership and communication skills. With the support of industry mentors, the students were involved in each aspect of developing their campaigns, from initial concepts to storyboards and scripts.

Both campaigns will utilise social media to spread their message, with two 30 second animations produced.

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Cr Kim McAliney

“Stop Homelessness in the Home shares a simple message: conversation over conflict, encouraging families to talk through problems before they escalate”

Wyndham City’s Safer Communities Portfolio Holder, Cr Kim McAliney, said the project was a great opportunity for the students to be creative while tackling serious topics.

“The benefits of this project are two-fold—not only are we tackling important social issues, we are also giving young people a platform and the skills to be able to make a difference in our City,” Cr McAliney said.

The students have created two separate campaigns as part of the project.

“Australian and Proud draws on Australia’s rich multicultural history, providing a positive message of welcome and inclusivity. Stop Homelessness in the Home shares a simple message: conversation over conflict, encouraging families to talk through problems before they escalate,” Cr McAliney said.

Students from Epping’s St Monica’s College also produced two animations—one discouraging prejudice in sport and the other raising awareness of the impacts of bullying.

The campaigns will run across social media networks and the animations will be screened at Village Cinemas at Pacific Werribee, and on screens at community centres across Wyndham.

For more information on The Huddle visit www.nmfc.com.au/huddle


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