In order to combat negative perceptions and stereotypes in the region, BYDS has teamed up with Sydney’s independent youth broadcaster FBi radio’s All The Best and local Western Sydney high schools, to train up young people to collect stories of “strength” from their community. The Stories of Strength and Resilience Project is all about inspiring community to stand united against forces of hate, violence and fear. We trust that through the sharing of cross-cultural stories, individuals will feel a greater sense of agency over their lives, and communities are better equipped to see their combined strengths. In our first series, the students from Sir Joseph Banks meet an up and coming Rastafarian artist, a local social agent of change, and a woman who despite being raised by an alcoholic father, has found her own idea of freedom.

The project is supported by Multicultural NSW and the following organisations

The Stories of Strength Project acknowledges that we are sharing stories and celebrating harmony and the spirit of togetherness and alliance on the country of the Darug People.

Stories and oral histories have been shared through the spirit of the people of this land for generation upon generation, and still live on. We extend our respect and admiration to the history of storytelling and to the people who tell them on this ancient country.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and acknowledge and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging. This was and always will be Aboriginal Land.