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.