IHHP hosts an annual National Youth Camp (NYC) at our head quarters Next Level Studio in Brunswick.
The NYC aims to give Indigenous student from predominantly remote locations, an opportunity to visit IHHP HQ in Melbourne explore themes such as the importance of modern education working alongside cultural knowledge, personal responsibility, transformational leadership, setting goals, community development and working on skills such as dancing, singing, song writing, event planning, public speaking, self confidence, respect, resilience and team work.
Outcomes of the project for younger school age kids is to build on confidence, responsibility, team work and develop skills that can be taken back to community and then put on a show and event back in community to demonstrate and shoe off the skills that they learnt during the NYC.
Communities, Schools and Local Shires fund the travel for all participants but once arriving in Melbourne, IHHP collect participants from the airport and launch straight into the action packed week-long city experience. After hours activities in the past have included trip to MCG, Punt Road Richmond Football Club, Essendon Football Club, Tullamarine HQ, Wicked Force Breakdance classes South Yarra, Dinner show at Copacabana Fitzroy, Luna Park, St Kilda Beach and skate board lessons at Melbourne skate parks, to name a few. Participants get to choose deadly new clothes and shoes donated by IHHP family and friends, local companies and businesses.
Accommodation has been supported in the past by Queens College and Trinity College. Each participant has their own room, linen and towels provided with breakfast each morning.
IHHP artists facilitate workshops at the camp from 9-4pm each day at Next Level Studios 325 Victoria Street, Brunswick. There are 2-3 breaks per day with lunch provided and dinner is also provided at the studio or an allocated location.
The NYC Camp participants work towards running an event on the final night at the Richmond Football Club ‘Maurice Rioli’ room where they can put their skills to work and perform in front of IHHP crew and guest audience.
Camps have a maximum number of approximately 20 people, with communities providing both male and female chaperones.
Melbourne based local artists, businesses, philanthropic and corporate organisations that are looking to support a life-changing experience for remote Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island youth are encouraged to support and donate to this NYC initiative. Any donations including financial, time or clothes and food makes a big difference to making this camp happen and reduce costs to the remote communities.