enVizion has been working in partnership with Worklink's Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program in Yarrabah to delivery a Partnerships in Prosperity (PIP) program inclusive of ELP Program.
Yarrabah is a small Aboriginal community located 53 kilometres from Cairns on the prestine coastline.
This program is utilising the students life stories through the use of media equipment and then translating this to incorporate basic literacy. By participating, students will experience increased self worth and self confidence, sharing of cultural knowledge, learning new skills and working towards productivity.
The enVizion program includes:
The purpose of environment healing is to reconnect back with the land and the sea. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have strong connections to the land and sea and this is emphasised during this time. It is a time to connect with other people; develop communication skills; increasing opportunity to share stories.
Activities include but not limited to:
· Men’s and Womens Fishing Groups
· Bush Walking
· Bush Modelling
· Art Therapy – using materials found out on trips and creating art pieces.
· Use of media – including photography and video
Identity – exploring personalities, self identity, family identity and community identity. Teaching about self worth, self value and self respect and how to practically implement this into everyday life.
Life Mapping – journey of self; where I come from; where life has evolved until now; identifying key points of trauma; journey paths.
Use of Multimedia
Students will have the opportunity to learn how to use media equipment such as camera; video camera and ipads.
This equipment will be used to document their stories and create an individual or group story. This can be done in a completed printed version and an electric version.
By introducing multi media into our programs, instills a new learning environment for the students and assists to build their self esteem and confidence and gives them ownership over their own stories. This will be then implemented as part of their LLN learning.
All information and media collected on previous days is printed for LLN class. The stories behind the photo's are discussed and students start learn to read and write through their stories.
At the end of the program, the students will have completed a book which will have a story written by each student.