Heaps Decent commenced our Juvenile Justice program, now known as Big Up, in 2010. Starting off at Juvenile Justice Centres in Wagga Wagga and Lidcombe, the highly successful program continues to expand (to also include centres in Campbelltown and St Mary’s) thanks to sustained funding from the Australia Council For The Arts and 2015’s amazing donation from Melbourne-based Ask Alice Stationery.
The Big Up program focuses on music creation and appreciation skills, building confidence and self-expression. It aims to help at-risk and Indigenous young people to find alternative ways to engage with education and become positive members of the community. The project takes place at schools within Juvenile Justice Centres and schools for young people with behavioural challenges right across NSW.
The weekly workshop program aims to reintegrate and inspire at-risk young people and addresses a clear need for opportunities for positive engagement for these young people in NSW. Song writing, recording and music production are central to the program. There has been a marked increase in the young people’s engagement and confidence over the course of the project.
Big Up is supported by: