The ABC’s Heywire regional youth program descends on Broken Hill this week for the first ever Heywire Youth Ideas Lab.
Thirty young people aged 15-17 from the Broken Hill region will take part in a week of storytelling and idea development and have the chance to be heard on the ABC.
Highlights of the week for the young delegates will include:
- Being interviewed on-air.
- Creating stories for play on the ABC.
- Presenting ideas to make regional Australia an even better place to grow up, in front of a distinguished panel at the Broken Hill Civic Centre.
- Being honoured at the Heywire Gala Screening at the Silver City Cinema, Broken Hill.
The ideas developed at the Heywire Youth Ideas Lab will be backed by $150,000 in grants from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and their philanthropic donor partners, including Sally Foundation, Erdi Foundation, Findex Community Fund and private donors.
After the Lab, community organisations across Australia will have the opportunity to apply for grants to adopt and adapt the Lab ideas and put them in to action.
ABC Director, Regional and Local, Judith Whelan, says that the Heywire Youth Ideas Lab will provide young people in Broken Hill the opportunity to be heard, “Since it began in 1998, the Heywire storytelling competition has seen so many powerful and courageous stories from young people, including stories shared by youth in Broken Hill. We are privileged to be able amplify some of these important voices on the ABC.”
The CEO of FRRR, Natalie Egleton, says there’s no doubt the ideas generated at the Youth Ideas Lab will inspire real change in regional Australia, “We can’t wait to hear the ideas that the delegates develop throughout the week. From the stories they’ve submitted, we know that they are passionate and concerned about vitally important issues, including youth mental health, pathways in agriculture and strengthening connections to Indigenous culture.
“If previous Heywire groups are anything to go by, these young people will have practical solutions to the challenges they face. We’re proud to be able to back their ideas so they can become a reality and create an even stronger rural Australia.”