'Choice' youth video nets national award for Holroyd

Youth voice: Crystal Williams was among the Holroyd area representatives who acted in a scripted the short film 'Make a Choice'. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Youth voice: Crystal Williams was among the Holroyd area representatives who acted in a scripted the short film 'Make a Choice'. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Guildford locations star in a new resource to help young people, Make a Choice

Girraween resident Crystal Williams, 17, was among 13 young people from the Holroyd and Hay Council areas to create the short fim about the consequences of alcohol use, bullying and other situations young people are faced with.

The project, which was filmed at Guildford’s park and youth centre and in rural NSW, won the art animates category at the 2014 National Awards for Local Government on June 17.

‘‘We met the people from the Hay community and we all got together and thought of ideas,’’ Crystal said.

‘‘It was definitely a lot of fun. We all wrote our own script.

‘‘There was a scene where someone was getting pushed over and party scenes, so there were bad situations and good situations.’’

Crystal said meeting the students from Hay, in south-western NSW, and discovering what they had in common was a highlight of the project.

‘‘By taking part in this video they have been able to inspire and educate others in a very powerful way.’’ - Nasr Kafrouni

They all took part in a three day camp in the historic farming community where they sheared sheep, played games and worked on the film.

‘‘It broadened our knowledge,’’ Crystal said.

‘‘They kind of were faced with dfferent situations because the attitude out there is a bit different. They have more freedom, but also don’t have access to youth groups as much as we do.’’

Holroyd mayor Nasr Kafrouni said the project showed the power of people coming together regardless of where they live.

He said it had allowed the students involved to sharpen their acting and video skills, grow their network of friends and celebrate their communities.

‘‘Our young people have shown us that problems can be solved with a fresh approach and new ideas,’’ Mayor Kafrouni said.

‘‘By taking part in this video they have been able to inspire and educate others in a very powerful way.’’

Holroyd Council will produce 500 copies of the DVD to be distributed on request. It will come with a workbook of group activities based on the peer education model.

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