Two youth workers Shannon & Julie from the American group called The Journey Community, visited us on 20-21 March for some Work Experience and to get to know how we at Horizon make a difference in the community through the arts!
Here is what Julie had to say about her visit …..
My name is Julie Bowman and I’m a youth worker from the United States. I live in Indiana, a Midwest state near Chicago, and I work for a mentoring organization that exposes at-risk kids to higher education and careers.
I visited the Horizons Theatre Company on the International Youth Worker Exchange from The Journey Fellowship of Indiana, USA to learn about youth work in Australia.
I was impressed to see the materials and space the youth of Canterbury and Bankstown can access to express themselves at Horizon!
I learned about nonprofits in Australia from Maddy Slabacu and compared and contrasted to my organization in the United States.
I learned about the varied ways that the theatre encourages local children and teens to express themselves and address social issues through puppetry and acting.
I particularly loved learning that Horizons recruited some of its most loyal participants from the kids who regularly hang out outside of the theatre.
Thank you, Maddy, for your hospitality! I loved Sydney and visiting you and the theatre!