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CONNECTING KIDS WITH

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Australia's first Aboriginal Skate Camp. Reconnecting Urban Aboriginal Youth with Country & Culture through Skateboarding

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The Balance Stick "Reconnected" is a School Holiday program that uses Skateboarding fused with 

Aboriginal cultures to create

the bridge  

The "Balance Stick  Reconnection Camps or more aptly named, "meeting places" are delivered in partnership with YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Peoples Co-operatives as family liaison & Carers. All Aboriginal peoples cultural delivery for the camps is delivered by subcontracted organisations that are approved by the corresponding Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community to deliver those cultural elements & Sovereign connections. Skateworks embodies this framework of cultural elements into skateboarding so that it is always with these kids no matter where they go. On or off Community. YMCA supplies fabulous motivational adventure programs that allow us to add bench motivational achievment benchmarks to align with Skateboarding. Link to program

The "Balance Stick  Reconnected school holiday program is designed for urban Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Youth who are disconnected from their culture & connection with Country.  All Aboriginal peoples cultural delivery for these programs is delivered by subcontracted organisations that are approved by the corresponding Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community to deliver those cultural elements & Sovereign connections. These School holiday programs are specifically designed to create the outcome of which Elders & Community representatives have said they desire for their Youth. Disconnection with culture leaves the disenfranchised & without a sense of belonging Walking in two worlds and belonging in non. At Skateworks, the outcome is everything. Link to program

The Balance Stick "Connected" is a School Holiday program for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island youth on Community who are connected with Culture & Country. 

Skateworks uses the balance that Skateboarding & it's intrinsic learning pathway embodies to give life balance & a sense of belonging to Aboriginal Youth. Skateboarding instils creativity & the ability to redefine your environment. Skateboarding is about our relationship with the now, the past & where we belong. It is about flowing with the land on which we live & our relationship to it. Pure energy itself derived from an organic relationship with shape, undulation & transition. It is this relationship that keeps us in a lifetime conversation. The ongoing diologue with the land, the relationship of negotiation, redemption, interpretation & expression.

MEET OUR BRIDGE BUILDERS

Jon Burns

Executive Director Communications Manager & Founder

Brodie Jarrett

Indigenous Skateworks Skate Coach & Artist

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Ashley Chitty

Skateworks Western Australia

Dawit Legesse

East African Logistics & Supply Chain Manager Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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Sharon Glazier

South Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Fundraising Manager

Elle Fingers

Skateworks Western Australia

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Nathan Gray

Northern Territory & Queensland Manager supply chain manager Australia

Bryan Sketchley

Skateworks Secretary of Skateworks Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander projects Australia

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We acknowledge that the lands we speak of today is the traditional lands for the First peoples in Australia, Turtle Island USA & Ethiopia. We respect their spiritual relationship with Country. We also acknowledge the First peoples of Australia and Turtle Island  as the traditional custodians of the land currently known as Australia and America and their cultural & heritage beliefs. In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands & recognise that these have always been places of teaching & learning. We wish to pay respect to their Elders — past, present & emerging.

 

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