“In November 2019, Dennis and I were invited by Isaiah Dawe to join a circle of ID.Know Yourself young people in ‘Yarn Time’. To listen to their stories was a privilege. Their beautiful artwork, ‘Belonging’, which we viewed on the day when it was almost completed, was another safe haven storytelling. The handprints in the painting were particularly evocative, locating each of the young people in their stories, Making a statement of identity and belonging.
The impact on young lives that Yarn Time has had is uplifting. An increase in school attendance and retention, employment opportunities, a decline in juvenile justice interventions, and re-connections with family are some of the strong, positive outcomes from ID.Know Yourself in its first year of operation.
We were hoping to join in another ‘Yarn Time’, this time at Government House Sydney, reciprocating the hospitality we enjoyed with Isaiah and the young people we met. Unfortunately, COVID-19 interrupted those plans, but we can’t wait to join Yarn Time again.”
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