Child Protection Week 2018

More than an award winning performance

Congratulations Alethea Beetson, Artistic Director of Digi Youth Arts, who is this year’s recipient of the Child Protection Awards Youth Participation Award for her magnificent work and original play, Dislocated.

The awards ceremony held at Parliament House yesterday marked the launch of Queensland Child Protection Week which runs from 2 till 9 September.   

Opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people

Digi Youth Arts is a not-for-profit organisation that brokers opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to tell their stories through their words in their performance of original play, Dislocated.

Churches of Christ Care’s Children, Youth and Families partnered with Digi Youth Arts to share the experiences of Indigenous young people in care and to support connection to culture. This partnership has continued providing young people with ongoing opportunities to express and participate in different artistic cultural forums.

The collaboration brought together a group of 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for a storytelling project. The young people worked with Churches of Christ Care and Digi Youth Arts staff to tell their stories over the course of the project which culminated in a three night performance at the Brisbane Powerhouse last year.

Churches of Christ Care, Children, Youth and Families General Manager said: “As an organisation we are strongly committed to and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to have their voice heard.

“We want to see children grow up safe, with family and connected to community and culture which is a known strength and supports positive outcomes later in life.

“This project gave Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in care an opportunity to express themselves, share their experiences, explore their strengths and develop friendships that can support them in their future.

“This award is a wonderful recognition of the value and importance of Alethea Beetson’s work with Digi Youth Arts and we are honoured to be involved in a project that has the potential to truly break down barriers, build strength and confidence and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to reach their full potential.”
    
For more information about Digi Youth Arts visit the website.
For more information vist the Child Protection Week website

 

Posted August 31, 2018 in News