Creative Youth Initiative
Creative Youth Initiative is a unique service that provides free creative programs for young people aged 16-25 who are facing many and varied challenges in their lives, such as homelessness, mental health issues, substance abuse, family breakdown, unemployment, poor educational experiences. Two semester-long programs run concurrently: Sounds of the Street – a 20-week TAFE accredited music course that teaches students to compose, perform and record their own music or learn an instrument. The students’ music is professionally mixed and mastered with students performing their compositions at the annual album launch. Artworks! is a six-month visual arts program. Students explore and experiment with various mediums including painting, sketching, sculpture, life drawing, spray art and graphic design. Works are exhibited in an annual art exhibition and students often receive commissions from public and corporate entities.