What a show - I loved every minute of today even though the technology was a challenge! No laptop, no satellite therefore no news, there was a buzz all the way through the first 10 minutes or so...boy oh boy was something trying to put me off. But NO!! How can that happen when you have some amazing interviews ready to go? I re-recorded the intro...substantially shorter than the original but it did what intros do!
Now to my interviews - Chris Stone from Y Foundations talking about #YHMD2015, Daniel Allars from Hornsby PCYC talking about the Time 4 Kids PCYC lock up, and guests in the studio Margie McCrae and Rhys Briggs.
Chris Stone is the Senior Policy Officer for Y Foundations who oversee this most important day of the year - the 15th April.
The Youth Homelessness Matters Day is all about breaking stereotypes, engaging with government and business and ensuring that young people have greater access to support and services.
Check out their website for more details of how you can get involved in their events and don't forget the #YHMD2015
They get involved in supporting courses which offer education that the young people might not be getting at home such as life skills that include cooking, hygiene, what is risky behaviour, how to apply for jobs, how to stay in education and to make it practical to your interests.
Click here to find out about any of the events happening on the 15th April. I will attend and play some interviews next week - look out on social media for photos of the events.
A lot of youth homelessness is hidden by couch surfing
Daniel Allars the PCYC Hornsby Manager was my guest for the PCYC Time 4 Kids Lock up event held on Saturday 11th April. Dan was telling us all about the work the PCYC do and who is going to be 'arrested' for a good cause on the weekend. I went down and got some great pictures and we will be playing the interviews next week during the show! Check out social media for more great picture!
Although he event is one day fundraising continues for the rest of the week online.
PCYC Hornsby have a great graffiti program which Dan tells us about in the interview. The program not only helps re-direct the behaviour by helping the artists understand how they can turn it into art which others can appreciate, but also takes those who attend the course through the steps the council take having to clean up the graffiti. This develops a deeper appreciation of the work that goes into keeping Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby clear of graffiti and hopefully encourages the participants to think twice before defacing a wall, bus shelter or park.
Money raised from the PYCY lock up will go to that program and many others so I hope you will take time to listen to the interviews which will be posted later in the week and support where you can.
Lock up prisoners on the day include the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, the Hon. Matt Kean MP, Chris Perry, Graham Brown, Jennah Bakker, Nicholas Bepper, Cindy Clifford, Bill Glover
Do Time to Stop Youth Crime
The conversation for today was between Margie McCrae the Artistic Director and Rhys Briggs a performer who has been with the company for 8 years!
Margie shared with us the journey that Marian Street Theatre for Young People have been on these past few years. She has seen many young actors grow up through the years at the theatre and they have become family. Rhys speaks about the importance of that in his life and how it has helped him develop confidence to change schools. The theatre group have been homeless and scattered across many different venues for nearly 2 years now and their future hangs in the balance and needs your input and support.
Key dates for community engagement...please complete the online survey here - it doesn't ask much about Marian Street Theatre in particular but it is important to have your voice heard. If there are any young people who feel passionately then please register and go to the workshop held by council.
As in all great theatre traditions the show must go on and it doesn't look like they have slowed down. They still offer workshops and courses and their next production of Peter Pan looks to be as wonderful as ever. They will be back closer to curtain up date to plug the show and give us an update.
Help keep Marian Street Theatre for Young People as
the resident theatre company in any new venue built by the council.
Ku-ring-gai's Got Talent - audition for your chance to win cash and other prizes...
Sounds of the Secret Garden - listen and relax to local bands at Gordon Library's Secret Garden
Design Decks Sakteboard Painting Workshop - customise your skateboard to make it an artwork!
Shorefest 2015 - Held Saturday 18th April St Leonards Park. A collaboration between North Sydney, Lane Cove, Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai and Mosman Councils, it is an annual drug and alcohol free music festival held in St Leonards Park North Sydney in celebration of Youth Week. It is FREE!!
The West Side Vibe - Hornsby Shore Council celebrates 2015 Youth week and takes over Dural Lane! A FREE event with markets, street performers, music dance, food and much more!! We will have an interview with the amazing Council organisers in next weeks show...can't wait :-)