RECOGNISE is a social movement that aims to get the proper acknowledgement and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution. Their main goal; to gain equal rights for ALL, by removing the discriminatory components.
The Street University Clothing Label is a new and innovative Ted Noffs Foundation initiative that gives young people the chance to set up and run a multidimensional business and instil values, dignity, confidence and self-reliance. The youth involved will: 1) learn the entrepreneurial skills necessary for establishing and managing a business; 2) acquire the experience essential to working in a structured business environment; 3) be educated about business etiquette; and 4) hone their individual talents and redirect them in ways that contribute to the business vision. In addition to vocational and educational development, the business vision involves a deep commitment to cultural diversity and youth empowerment. The Street University Clothing Label project addresses important youth concerns and raises awareness of the obstacles faced by many young people in the western suburbs. It allows young people the opportunity to experience leadership roles and engage in activities that directly impact their lives.
At the Street University we make an effort to involve the young people in as many different aspects of the organisation as we can. Their input is highly valued as we are constantly striving to provide services that are both engaging and educational, but more importantly, services that young people feel will benefit other young people. This means inviting them along to participate in meetings, taking an active role in the planning and implementation of programs and events; and teaching them skills that assist them in becoming positive role models and leaders within their own peer groups and communities.
They may call him Mr Escandaor but here at The Street University we know him as his Esky; the rapper, the workshop facilitator, the event co-coordinator, the sound engineer, the mentor and the leader. And we are ecstatic to receive news that his efforts have not gone unnoticed. Last week Esky was nominated in ‘Champions of The West’, a grants competition to recognize the hard working individuals based in Western Sydney. There are 12 categories each awarded $10,000 with the overall winner taking an additional $10,000. But the money isn’t what's most important here, what were happy about is the fact that he is recognized for all his hard work.