Upon arrival at the campsite, the youth were shown to their cabins where a surprise awaited them inside. Inside, each camper found a tote bag with their name on it. The tote bags held a “youth camp starter kit” including; a tribal t-shirt, a water bottle, notebook, a carefully chosen bible and a welcome message with a QR code taking them to a personalised video. Throughout the entirety of camp we were amazed at the impact these items had on the youth and we would love to share some of these stories with you.
“It’s Like Real Family…” Last week we did our annual youth group survey which sought both quantitive and qualitative data. The above phrase was made by one of our youth and it has completely captured our attention since. His name is Billy.
The most amazing thing happened at our Shine Pamper Night. Jess, one of our youth group girls, connected with one of our volunteers.
It was the third week of our girls’ school program, SHINE. By now the 10 girls were starting to relax and enjoy the group. Their fears and anxieties were dissipating.
Last year we had a young man coming to our youth group. He didn’t have a faith background, he was simply a kid whose parents wanted him to have the opportunity to make friends.
It was lunchtime, and I walked past Will Smith, from JCP Empowering Youth, talking to two young people in the café. They had moved from Devonport and wanted a fresh start. Being in and out of Ashley Detention Centre from 11, our heart just broke for his story.
Each one of these young people do not have equity to the workforce. Everyone one of them wants to work, to learn, to have a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Each one of them want opportunity.