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Help our young people - this years "Word - The Front Line" Champions from Dilworth School represent Aotearoa youth voices in Melbourne!


Dilworth are the official 2017 Word - The Front Line Champions! This year over 220 poets from 44 high school teams participated in Word - The Front Line, making it the largest Youth Poetry Slam in Aotearoa. Now, we are taking the movement across the Tasman!

Jayden Osbourne, Phillip Toriente, Nathan Su’a and Jai Selkirk, Henceforth referred to as “The Boys”, have been invited to participate in first ever Upside Down Youth Poetry Conference which will take place in Melbourne on Dec. 4th. The event will connect young artists and leaders from all over Victoria for a solid day of workshops, panels and performances.

As part of the trip, the Boys will also be representing New Zealand in the second annual Trans-Tasman youth poetry slam.

In addition, the Boys have been invited to perform at the prestigious Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, one of the largest slams in the Southern Hemisphere.

Action Education's involvement (page creator)

Word - The Front Line (facilitated and hosted by Action Education) engages our community with Spoken Word through the voices of our own young people. To build stronger communities, we need to bridge the divide between generations, and communication is a key factor in this. Word - The Front Line attracts the young and old to a stage where this powerful dialogue of connection begins. A stage where young people courageously confront their truth and share their journey in the creative expression of spoken word poetry.

Action Education and supporters of the Dilworth Team would love to see these young leaders go to Melbourne.

This trip is an actual once in a lifetime opportunity for these poets to rep their school and country while connecting with other young people through the art of Spoken Word.

With your help we can make it happen.

About us

Action Education was established in 1981. We are a community organisation that believes creativity and our ability to express who we are is fundamental to our well being. We provide platforms and opportunities for people to connect, reflect and express who they are and strengthen community and identity through creative self-expression.

Our Vision:

Young people are free to express their diversity and inherent creativity.

Our Mission:

To utilise creative and action-based methods to engage young people in a journey of reflection and exploration. It is through this journey that they become actively involved in their own development.

Our Values:

Engagement: Action Education has a rich history of effectively engaging with young people. This is the foundation we stand on. We continue to meet young people where they are, utilise their strengths and ignite their passion.

Growth: Growth is a reflective learning process that allows for holistic integration of self.

Journey: Personal development is a lifelong journey. By acknowledging this, we can walk alongside others in theirs.

Authenticity: Authenticity is crucial for building an environment of trust so that an effective working relationship can occur.

Diversity: It is through acknowledging diversity that the richness of the human experience is celebrated. Everyone’s experience is unique and we all require opportunities to hour this.

Creativity: Creativity is necessary.

Use of funds

The funds we are seeking through this campaign will help to cover costs for the trip including flights, food, accommodation and transport for the team and their mentors.

The performances opportunities, friendships and skills that the Boys will gain from this experience are invaluable. It will give them the opportunity to not only grow themselves but to also bring the knowledge back home to inspire the next generation.

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Sorry it's only a small amount, but I wish you guys the best of luck! Keep going and don't ever stop!!
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