We recently celebrated SA Youth Week 2018 and hosted an array of events to engage with the community and clients in a fun and interactive way.

Trace A Place commenced the celebrations with the ‘Start with Art’ program, welcoming clients to paint artwork reflecting their personal journeys with HYPA. A local artist was onsite facilitating the workshop, along with HYPA staff, and the participants loved sharing their stories in this creative way.

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“I really enjoyed painting something that was meaningful,” said a young participant.

“I created a dream catcher to encourage people who come to HYPA to follow their dreams. It’s a positive, happy and welcoming piece, which is how I feel when I come to HYPA,” she said.

The excitement continued with BOLT students hosting a Family Fun Day at UniSA Magill campus and HYPA North welcoming clients and young residents to a barbeque lunch. Both of these community events were a great opportunity for clients and staff to connect with the community in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Youth week wrapped up with a concert in Light Square showcasing the musical talents of some young clients who performed a collection of songs impressing spectators and passers-by.

HYPA Senior Manager Kirsten Sandstrom said the youth week events were all very successful and a great opportunity for clients to express themselves in a creative way.

“Youth Week is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the talents of our young people and to engage with the community,” Kirsten said.

“Using creative means for young people to express themselves is not only therapeutic, but it is a lot of fun.

“To see how much their confidence grew in the days leading up to the event, and grow even more once they had a taste of the stage, and a belief in themselves that they could actually do it. This positive experience will transfer to other parts of their lives,” she said.

These events were supported by Department of Human Services, Adelaide City Council and Skate Therapy.