Youth of Sorell team up to solve global challenges on a local scale

From tackling plastic pollution to saying no to racism, no issue is too big for Action Crew 7172.

Action Crew 7172 is a Collective ed. initiative in Sorell which sees students of Sorell School explore how producing short films can be used as a tool to communicate their ideas and encourage students to participate in education and the broader community. Across six sites in Tasmania, Collective ed is exploring how a place based approach to education can positively impact year 12 attainment and meaningful pathways for young people.

Action Crew 7172 is a student led initiative, guided by and with the support of teachers and the Collective ed. team with skillsets in video making, community development and youth leadership. The school now has a Pop Up Studio with outstanding equipment including multiple video cameras, mics and green screens. The students take the lead- performing every role in the crew- camera, sound, script, direction interviewing and editing. They also develop transferable skills such as empathy, new ways of communicating, leadership and teamwork. The development of these skills is considered crucial by Collective ed. for young people to pursue meaningful post-school pathways in the 21st century, one of the initiative’s main goals.

Action Crew 7172 work of the principle “Nothing about us, without us.”

The students describe it as an opportunity to explore their curiosity. It is a way for them to find out things they did not know we were interested in. As one of the students puts it, “to explore things is the essence of curiosity.

Creating a platform where curiosity can flourish is important to Collective ed. as it helps students stay engaged in school and identify post-school pathways that they are interested in.

Action Crew is one piece of a bigger puzzle that is being laid by Collective ed. It functions as a foundational corner piece for the long-term goals of Collective ed. where a new system can be built that supports all young people to complete year 12 and continue on a meaningful post-school pathway.

This year, Action Crew is designing social change projects to tackle real world challenges. We had a chat with the students from the crew to learn more about each project.

Tackling plastic pollution by encouraging the local community to sew their own boomerang bags

Change makers:

Tahlia
Lloyd
Lacey
Lilly

Boomerang bags is an existing world wide project where people from communities come in and sew tote bags to reduce the use of plastic bags and create conversations about the issue of plastic and pollution. The team explains;

“It is called boomerang bags because it keeps giving back to the community.”

There are more than 1100 boomerang bag communities in the world. With plastic pollution being a global issue and affecting Sorell and the community, Sorell students Tahlia, Lloyd, Lacey and Lilly think it is time for Sorell to get sewing. They believe even small things can make a big difference saying;

“if we can get the Sorell community involved and actively thinking about their plastic consumption, hopefully, there can be a few less beautiful animals suffocating because of the human race”.

This year, the team is calling on their peers to join the project. They will make a promotional film to share information about the boomerang bags project and why we urgently need to act on plastic pollution.

Importantly, they are also looking outside of the school and calling on the whole of the community to get involved. To celebrate Sorell’s upcoming bicentenary this year 2021, they want to make at least 200 bags as a gift to the community. They are inviting anyone interested in fighting plastic pollution and celebrating Sorell to join one or more of their boomerang bag sewing bees. If you want to learn more about ways to get involved, reach out to boomerang bags: boomerangbags.sorell@gmail.com

Bringing a world wide public art project to Sorell 

Change makers:

Isaac
Doug
Amelia
Deakin
Travis

In a Tasmania first, the students behind Sorell INSIDE OUT will photograph 200 portraits of young people in the community and exhibit these as part of a global initiative known as the INSIDE OUT Project.

The production team, made up by Isaac, Doug, Amelia and Deakin along with other interested students, will capture images of “awesome young people in Sorell” and print and display these portraits around the town as part of Sorell’s bi-centennial celebration. The team says too often, young people are not invited to decision making;

“Young people have brilliant ideas to make this world a better place”

“Action Crew is led by the principle that there will be nothing about us, without us. This is one piece in that puzzle and we are part of laying it out”

The production team is looking forward to working with the community to create and display the portraits to acknowledge the importance of young people. Sorell INSIDE OUT will be exhibited in public places throughout the Sorell township as part of the bi-centennial celebration. Their contribution will also be the first entry to date by the Tasmanian state to the global project putting Sorell on the map and be documented as part of the international platform insideoutproject.net/en.

Sorell School: it is time to fly the flag!

Change makers
Emma
Riley
Pascall
Kane

The project “Let’s fly the rainbow flag @ Sorell School” is an initiative to share a simple message of love is love. The team behind the initiative, Emma, Riley and Pascall wants to create an environment at school where everyone can be themselves and no one feels the need to hide their sexuality. Part of this, they say, is the simple action of seeing the rainbow flag raised on the school grounds.

They say;

“We believe in more kindness and no judgement. Everyone should be able to be their true selves, at all times”.

The team reached out to the Victorian organisation Raising Rainbows which aims to aim to raise awareness, educate communities and ultimately, reduce the instances of LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex and queer) related bullying in regional schools and communities. With their support, they are launching a campaign at the school to introduce the rainbow flag. This includes building a business case for the cause as well as identifying the cost of adding another flag pole to the school and the flag itself.

The goal is to gain enough support from peers and the school as well as secure the finances needed to introduce the rainbow flag at Sorell School by the end of this year.

Sorell School says NO to Racism

Change makers
Leetesha
Maggie
Emma
Ryan

Tired of hearing racist insults, Leetesha, Maggie and Emma decided they wanted to do something to stop it.

“We knew we had to do something. People use racism slurs way too much and it is hurtful”, the team said.

Together, they came up with the idea to launch a bumper sticker campaign to raise awareness and stop racism at Sorell School.

People will be encouraged to use the stickers on their cars, laptops, windows or in other publicly visible places to show their support to stop racism. Through this, the team hopes to see the stickers become a common sight at the school and throughout Sorell.

“Racism is an issue that is affecting all communities. We hope our stickers will raise awareness beyond Sorell as people travel in cars to Hobart or other places in the state. Everyone should do their part to stop racism.”


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About Collective ed.
Collective ed. is a five year initiative launched in 2017 by Beacon Foundation exploring how a place based approach to education can positively impact year 12 attainment and meaningful pathways for young people. Collective ed. consists of six sites and communities; Jordan River, Bayview, Sorell, Ulverstone (also known as Collective ed. Central Coast) and Deloraine/Meander Valley (recently rebranded to ‘Thrive’ by the community). Collective ed. is funded by Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Tasmanian Government. For more information, click here.