A group of 26 young people from Cape York Academy completed an innovative development program at Apunipima’s Hope Vale Wellbeing Centre this week. The program that centres around the film “Satellite Boy,” was created a few years ago for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander youth who were disengaged in the classroom.
The program is the brainchild of John Riley, Apunipima’s Social Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Counsellor in Hope Vale, who worked with clinicians and local Elders to identify and develop the themes of the program.
John said that the kids involved showed increased awareness and pride in culture, country and the importance of family. “
“The film is used to start a conversation with the kids about issues and situations that affect their lives and encourage positive behaviour change.” John added.
Satellite Boy Director Catriona Mackenzie, has generously given Apunipima access to the film for this program and is thrilled with the impact it is having on the youth in Hope Vale.
“I’m glad the film continues to have a positive impact on our young people.” Said Ms Mackenzie.