Kids as Catalysts, NBC.

There is nothing more empowering than student voice. This is what Cameron, Grade 7 at Northern Bay College, had to say about the Kids Thrive program. “We are so fortunate to have had this program at Wexford, so the kids have an opportunity to make a change in the community. If we didn’t have this program us kids would never have known that we can make a change in the community or have an impact on people in the community such as the elderly and new refugees to Australia.

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“It’s up to this generation of kids to continue on giving to the community like the older generation and to make an even bigger impact than the older generation.

“We can make changes to others and the environment. It was such an amazing experience. I would now be happy to volunteer to help others make a change.”

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Creative State Summit 2019.

Be inspired! Humans in Geelong are SO excited to be presenting at Creative Victoria’s ‘Creative State Summit’. We’ll be showcasing our #clevercreative Geelong and our amazing, inspirational locals. Our 45-minute ‘Good News’ presentation by team members, is on Friday 31st May at 2pm. PLEASE SHARE. We hope you can make it along to support us!

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We’ll explain how Humans in Geelong (HuG) inspires, connects and strengthens our community. The Humans in Geelong team use the powerful medium of storytelling to create positive social change by sharing the inspirational stories of locals. We’ll showcase our innovative multi-media model, its successes and how it can be replicated elsewhere. Be swept away by the HuG movement!

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Be Dragons, update.

BE DRAGONS is a six-part documentary series highlighting the inspirational players that make up Geelong’s first ever Football Integration Development Association, FIDA footy team!

Take a bunch of guys and girls who have been relegated to the sidelines their whole lives and give them a crack at participating in the game they love…that’s the premise behind Be Dragons and the FIDA league.

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The Geelong Dragons are the first FIDA team in the Geelong region and we are delighted to be on board producing this heart-warming series.

The series showcases individual players as they share with us their lives, challenges and thrill at being included in a team competing in Australian Rules Football. Following the highs and lows of their maiden 2018 season, Be Dragons is an inspirational tale of inclusion, perseverance and friendship.

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RIAC, Rights, Information, Advocacy Centre.

“I had never dealt with the legal system before, but with the support of the advocates at RIAC, the whole process was much easier to handle. Advocacy helped me stand up for my son’s rights and navigate unfamiliar territory,” states Liam’s mother Michelle, from Moriac. RIAC, the Rights, Information and Advocacy Centre, supported Liam McGarrigle’s family throughout an NDIS appeal to the Federal Court.

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You may remember 21-year old Liam’s case of 2017. He has autism spectrum disorder and an intellectual disability. He required taxis because he can’t drive, and there was no public transport available. Liam had sought funding only for the transport costs incurred by using his NDIS plan to attend work, disability training and social groups.

RIAC has a team of Advocates who provide free support to people with disabilities. Their Advocates genuinely care about guiding people, through often complex processes, within systems to ensure the people they work with are not disadvantaged by their unique differences. They ensure human rights are upheld.

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Caroline.

Caroline Danaher, 76, was arrested on Friday for staging a sit-in at Sarah Henderson MP’s Office. Caroline tells us “I was inspired by Greta Thunberg, student, from Sweden. I am concerned for the planet.

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“Since January 4th, I’ve been sitting outside Sarah’s office each Friday. Each week I’ve taken a handwritten letter asking for a chance to express my concerns about the climate to Sarah, as one of her constituents. Sarah made an impromptu meeting and spoke to in passing but I’d like a scheduled meeting as I feel I haven’t been listened to.

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Natalina Angok.

On 24th April 2019, Natalina’s life was tragically taken. She was a Geelong local. She was the 21st woman this year, in Australia, to die from domestic violence. The current toll is at 23. She was 32 yrs old and came to Australia in 2000 as a refugee, fleeing war and poverty from her home in Sudan. She was a dental nurse student. She mothered her siblings and family. She was a woman of faith who was always cheerful and happy. She was dearly loved in her Sudanese-Australian community.

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Her sister told news.com.au “She was a loving and caring sister, and a down-to-earth person, not a troublemaker. She loved everybody, even if someone did something bad to her, she would just talk and laugh with them.”

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Emily.

My name is Emily, I’m what people call a high school drop-out. If left school at Year 10 but the good news is, I’m currently completing my final year of Occupational Therapy, I’m a member of the Headspace Youth Future Crew Geelong, I work casually as an OT assistant at Wild Rumpus and as a Disability Support Worker at Gateways Support Services. How did I get here? I’ll tell you my story.

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Throughout my schooling, I managed an array of additional challenges to the usual teenager, in the form of two persisting mental health conditions. I finished year 10 but as for many young people, my plans for the future went completely awry.

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