Dynamic plans for youth diversity

Colac Area Health youth development worker Emma Warton with Dynamic members Tom Hamblin and Jess Layton.

A BOAT party and a short film are among plans for Colac’s diversity and anti-discrimination group this year.

Dynamic, which stands for Diverse Youth Networking Against DiscriMination in Colac, will welcome potential new members with a 2012 launch party at Colac Neighbourhood House.

Group member Tom Hamblin said the group hoped to attract more members and expand its reach beyond Colac.

“You don’t have to be an active member and be at all the meetings, but you can come along for events and drop by at meetings,” Tom said.

Fellow Dynamic member Jess Layton said next Wednesday’s launch party would provide food, refreshments and glow sticks.

“We’re hoping to get some music and everyone can hang out and find a safe place not to be discriminated against, because that’s what we’re all about,” Jess said.

The group’s major project for the year will be a short film about discrimination in Colac.

Jess said thieves stole Dynamic’s video camera in January, which was a blow to the film plans.

“Throughout the year we’ll be raising money for our film and to replace our video camera which was stolen in the Neighbourhood House burglary,” she said.

“The film will be focused on discrimination in schools and in the wider community, and challenging discrimination.”

Tom said Dynamic would start writing the film in the second half of the year.

“We’ll aim for completion in term four and show it around schools,” he said.

“We’re calling for actors as well.”

The teens are also planning a boat party for Warrnambool-based group YUMCHA – Youth United Making Change against Homophobic Attitudes – at Warrnambool in May.

Colac Area Health youth development worker Emma Warton encouraged people to become Dynamic members or friends, which are non-official members.

“There are no costs involved with being a member and all events, excursions and meetings are fully catered for,” Ms Warton said.

“The funds for Dynamic have been provided by the Mind the Gap project which is a partnership between Family Planning Victoria and VACCHO, which is the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.”

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