Youth Off The Streets’ The Lakes College had the idea to run a ten week project with pre-service teachers from the University of Newcastle and the Curious Legends Theatre Company. The goal of the project was to engage young people at The Lakes College and Blue Haven primary school students to deliver a performance that documents the thoughts and issues facing the young people.
The students of The Lakes College would work with the pre-service teachers and Curious legends Theatre Company to create, write, choreograph and perform something for the community. The project was called “Pipe Dream” and provided young people with a chance to express themselves through live theatre.
The Pipe Dream Project helped 23 young people at The Lakes College and Blue Haven Primary School. The young people involved in the project were disadvantaged youth from the Central Coast area that had disengaged with mainstream education. The project hoped to increase the attendance and engagement with school among these young people; provide greater access to community services, arts and cultural activities; and relieve barriers to accessing educational opportunities.
The students used street puppets to bring the performance to life and with the assistance of Curious Legends, delivered an amazing community performance on the Central Coast on 3 May 2019. The performance helped young people communicate their thoughts and feelings to the Central Coast Community. It was a project that gave young people a voice and the confidence to speak out on issues that mattered to them.
During the 10 week program, Youth Off The Streets saw increased attendance at The Lakes College. The young people involved in the program were motivated to deliver the best possible performance to the Central Coast community and were excited to give voice to the issues that mattered to them. The experience of mentoring young primary school students was also beneficial. Youth Off The Streets’ young people enjoyed leading the primary school kids and teaching them about different aspects of the performance along the way.
On performance night, 70 community members turned up to witness a professionally crafted performance from the young people at The Lakes College and Blue Haven Primary School kids. The performance was moved indoors due to rain but that didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance. Everyone had a great time and can’t wait for the next project undertaken by the kids at The Lakes College and Blue Haven Primary School.
Running these fantastic programs would not be possible without our supporters. This program was funded through ClubGRANTS by Mingara Recreation Club and Wyong League Club.