Bright Futures - We Know Your Name Not Your Story

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VicHealth’s Bright Futures for Young Victorians Challenge provides support for projects which promote community and young people's (12–25 years old) resilience, social connection and mental wellbeing and as part of the initiative, Indigo Shire received funding to participate in the program “We Know Your Name But Not Your Story.” (WKYNNYS)

We delivered the WKYNNYS project at Yackandandah Primary School in conjunction with Digital Story Tellers, a purpose-centred film making agency.

This engaging program equipped young people with the skills to become ‘story collectors’: to go into the community and use this process to develop digital media stories whilst building connections with their community. Due to the outbreak of COVID19 we had to pivot this program to focusing on the student's individual experiences whilst in lockdown, in addition to collecting stories from their immediate family.

These stories were combined into a final documentary film:

 

The program was originally founded in the Corangamite Shire in 2016. After a survey of 330 young people it was identified that there was a large number of young people feeling a disconnection from community life. “Names of people within the community are often familiar, but there is little known of their back story” was one of the responses they received. Indigo Shire recognised the value of this program and successfully applied for a grant to implement the program throughout Indigo Shire.

The key outcomes of this program include:

  • Building connections between young people and their community.
  • Delivering communication, storytelling and video editing sessions for young people.
  • Facilitating the data collection of stories.
  • Production of a final documentary film of all the collected stories.
  • A online launch of the final documentary. 

Wait there's more! Check out the short film below from local student Archer Irving. Archer, who also participated in the program after our initial call out for expressions of interest is a local Tangambalanga student who recently completed her VCE. Her thought provoking and ultimately, uplifting short film illustrating the feelings of isolation as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, is an incredible demonstration of the outstanding talent we have in our local community. 

"Based in Tangambalanga during the project, the opportunity to play around with and produce a short film for the first time gave me a constructive and creative anchor in the midst of uncertain circumstances. This short film allowed me to express the seclusion I experienced in the culmination of physical and social isolation and helped me apply my time with a goal in mind." - Archer