As the Youth DTS embarks on their fourth week of outreach here in Australia, the team has noticed that there seems to be a trend happening amongst the young people. In many of the communities visited, the popular place to hang out is the local skatepark. Many times these areas don’t have the best reputation but what the team has come to discover is quite different than the rumors they’ve heard.
“Young people are very open I’ve found. When you get into what they like they open up very quickly and that opens up new doors for conversations that you can have to encourage them. The main thing when talking to them is that I wanted to give them something that they could hold onto and inspire them when they go through times of trouble by sharing my own personal story with them.”
The team ran skate competitions and held other activities for young people to take part in while hanging out at the skatepark. During this time they connected with over 200 people. Youth flocked to the skateparks to see what was going on. These youth have so much potential and the Youth DTS were determined to help these young people see it in themselves!