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