Youth group’s 2020 vision
A Bridgetown youth group has a vision of an action packed 2020 to help entertain youths, while addressing mental health issues.
Blackwood Youth Action has started its 2020 program with a vision board workshop.
Organiser Lisa Burgess was enthusiastic about the positive impact that vision boards could have for youths.
“The science has been done on vision boards, specific goal setting and visualisation — you have a greater opportunity for achieving those goals if you have a regular contact with something visual,” she said.
Chelsea Luckins, 14, said she found the workshop useful.
“It helps us kids set goals in a fun way,” she said.
The workshop was the first of many programs on the calendar for the group, with other planned events including movie nights, Dungeons and Dragons sessions, Jedi theatre fighting, pool parties and arts and illustration workshops.
In addition to the planned entertainment, the group offers mental health workshops and support groups, including a group for LGBT teens.
The group hopes to open a dedicated centre on Steere Street this year, having secured a 21-year lease on the old officer-in-charge house next to the Bridgetown police station.
Ms Burgess emphasised the benefits of investing in youth.
“Everybody is concerned about the future, and if we treat our young people as those people who will be caretakers of our future, those people who are going to be our society, if we respect them and if we earn their respect then we can be assured of a wonderful future,” she said.
For more information go to the Blackwood Youth Action Facebook page.
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