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Earlier this year CMTO completed a pilot project, created thanks to a grant from the  National Indigenous Australians Agency

The project was delivered to First Nations youth, aged between 15 and 20 years, in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area. 

The project aimed to provide these youth with skills and knowledge to create content on multimedia platforms. It gave the young and emerging media makers an introduction to a range of avenues of media creation. 

The topics covered included: media to promote wellbeing, ethical storytelling, podcasting, zines and comics and short form video content. CMTO employed 6 First Nations media leaders to engage with the youth on these topics through online sessions.

girl turned away from the camera. She is wearing headphones and standing in front of a Rodecaster.
photo of a highschooler wearing headphones and smiling at a woman also wearing headphones and holding a microphone

In addition to online sessions, CMTO held a face-to-face workshop on Wiradjuri country. The workshop was facilitated by Pathways and Partnerships Manager Mikaela Ford and CMTO trainer Kirstyn Lindsay, the Course Coordinator for this project. 

During the workshop students were taught how to use podcasting equipment and other creative media tools. They worked on using these to foster connection and destigmatize conversations around mental health. 

Have a listen to Mikaela speaking with some of the students during one of their content creation activities here.

Kooringal High School and Mount Austin High School were the two institutions involved in the project. While the schools had never collaborated previously, following the sessions, they are in discussions about how they can work together to further expand media learning for their students. The project has also helped Mount Austin High School to map out the best ways to use their existing podcasting equipment to benefit the rest of the school.

Those involved with organising the project prioritised learning and engagement methods that were culturally safe and specifically effective for First Nations youth, which resulted in these positive outcomes.

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