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Walks & Workshops for School Students
Every year The Intersection (formerly Urban Seed Education) speaks to thousands of school students, leading interactive walks around the city and running creative workshops that address homelessness, addiction, reconciliation, colonisation, diversity and the need for empathy and connection to respond to these issues. The Intersection's attraction is its hands-on experience with issues of homelessness, marginalisation and street culture that allows it’s experienced educators and facilitators to share anecdotes and stories that bring urban issues alive for students, help break down stereotypes and promote consideration of the risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse and wider cultural issues.
Schools can book individual sessions, and we are also able to combine several sessions over one or more days as part of a retreat day or city experience programme. See below for a list of walks & workshops on offer. For enquiries & bookings information email firstname.lastname@example.org. The fees for our walks and workshops support the work of The Intersection and are necessary to help cover our costs, however we do not want them to be prohibitive. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
Our work has shown us that our instinct is to find connection with people who are alike us and we agree with, but this creates a sorting effect and therefore disconnects society from each other. Many of us live with an Us and Them mentality; you are either with us or against us. We wonder if this is one of the reasons why 1 in 4 Australians are lonely? Why homeless has increased by 14% since the last census in 2011? And why 65% of Australian’s don’t trust their neighbours?
At The Intersection we believe that our prosperity lies with the other. That connection and empathy are vital. We find that up close people are hard to hate and that strangers become fiction. There is power in intersecting with the other, because difference is our teacher, and diversity is our strength.
[‘A MOST LIVEABLE CITY’ walk]
Previously: ‘THE CITY IS OUR HOME' WALK
Consistently Melbourne has been voted the worlds most liveable city. With graffiti, public transport, coffee, art and sport — what’s not to love? However, recently Melbourne has seen a 75% increase in people sleeping rough; currently 1 in 10 Australians will experience homelessness in their lifetime and 60% of Australian’s say they often feel lonely. Clearly something is not quite right. So for who, is Melbourne the ‘World’s Most Liveable City?’
Drawing on The Intersection’s 20-year history of living in the neighbourhood of Melbourne this walk takes students on a journey through different perspectives of our beloved city. As we make our way through a number of spaces we will invite observations and tell stories, capturing students imaginations by displaying how positive change in society is actually possible. We will unpack the themes of stereotyping, inclusion/exclusion and power; and discuss issues such as homelessness, addiction, mental health and disadvantage. We will ask, who is the city really for? And how can we create a society for everyone - where everyone belongs.
This walk runs for 90 minutes and costs $425 (plus GST) for a group of up to 30 students. The fees for our walks sustain the educational and community work of The Intersection, and are necessary to help cover our costs, however we do not want them to be prohibitive. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
WHERE YOU STAND DETERMINES WHAT YOU SEE
Empathy is the ability to step into another shoes. To look at life from an others perspective. It is more than just sympathy. As by truly imagining and looking at life through someone else's eyes, we may begin to see as they do. The unknown stranger becomes known. And perhaps we may see that we are the same. Because of this, empathy has the ability to be a tool for social change. Some may even say that it has the power to transform ourselves and some of the biggest issues facing our society. ie poverty, violence etc.
At The Intersection, we strive for an empathic world. We have sought to meet the stranger (homeless/ addicted/ marginalised); to imagine what life is like for them, and have begun to see ourselves in them and discover our shared humanity. We invite you to step into an others shoes and see life from their perspective. This session will draw on the ongoing empathic work of The Intersection to challenge and inspire students to not only have empathy themselves but to gain an empathic vision for the world.
This session runs as a 90 min workshop. It is only on offer to those groups who have participated in a “A Most Liveable City” walk and compliments our Laneway Cricket & "you+me+us" workshop. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
Move in : people are hard to hate close up
We sort ourselves into like groups, allowing us a sense of belonging and connection with like-minded people. But this can also create a division of 'us and them' and a mentality of, you're either with us or against us. At The Intersection we believe that right now we need to not live in a divided world and that we need to embrace difference and diversity for our own growth, health and healing.
In this workshop, we will begin to re-humanise the other, through a series of interactive activities, media and discussions. Discovering that people are hard to hate close up and that strangers really are fiction.
This workshop runs for 2 hours; is only on offer to those students who have participated in a "A Most Liveable City?" walk and compliments our "Empathy" workshop.
Empathy [IN ACTION] - Laneway Cricket
All bookings of ‘A Most liveable City’ walk can now be paired with our newest Laneway Cricket session (only available terms 1 & 4).
We ask, what happens when different people come together to play sport? The answer: barriers, assumptions and stereotypes get removed and broken down. No more are we a homeless person, business person or school student, we are just people; neighbours sharing a game a cricket. Umpired by one of our oldest friends who has struggled with many of the issues discussed in our walk, your students will undertake a challenge to meet the other through the natural intersection of a Melbourne Laneway, a plastic cricket bat & tennis ball. They will be challenged to actively practice empathy in the city and be inspired to continue practicing it in their own school and neighbourhood.
This workshop runs for 2 hours; is only on offer to those students who have participated in a “A Most Liveable City” walk. It also compliments our "Empathy" workshop. .
[‘TRESPASS - GRAFFITI’ walk]
Melbourne is world renowned for graffiti and street art. It is controversial, irreverent and subversive. Graffiti is historically vandalism and is now seen as the ‘art’ of the outsider.
The graffiti and street artist is a vandal with creative resistance to authority, giving them an outlaw status. Its position in society is on the margins, as graffiti, protest and aesthetic invention all oppose authority and the status quo. Through breaking the law, graffiti questions the laws of the city. And a way to discover the limits is for someone to push the boundaries, to trespass.
Often a generator of political and social change, Graffiti has become a big part of Melbourne’s urban landscape. In this walk, we will take look at some of Melbourne’s best-known spots for graffiti, and discuss its social implications, reflect on the messages and ideas being portrayed, whilst exploring The Intersection’s work amongst the poor and marginalised of Melbourne.
This walk is aimed at High School students in 11-12 and runs for 2 hours and costs $445 (plus GST) for a group of up to 30 students. The fees for our walks support the work of The Intersection and are necessary to help cover our costs, however we do not want them to be prohibitive. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
[‘SEARCHING FOR HOME’ workshop]
AN INTRODUCTION TO HOMELESSNESS IN THE CITY
Definitions, causes, cures for homelessness / Interactive, extend what students know / Confront stereotypes, telling stories / Homelessness is not just about having a roof over your head, it’s about having a home.
The 'Searching for Home' workshop delves into many of the questions and stereotypes about homelessness in Melbourne. Using images, film, and some provocative statements, students discuss and debate the issues around definitions, causes and forms of assistance in the search for home.
Through stories and activities, we invite students to extend their understandings of this complex issue, and to consider not only government or business engagement but their personal response.
This workshop if on offer for Primary School aged children grades 5 & 6 as well as High School Year 7 & 8.
All Sessions Are:
- Capped at 30 students
- Range between 60-120 minutes in length
- Range in cost between $395-$445 + GST
- There are a maximum of 8 session slots per day (depending on session choices)
- Some sessions are co facilitated by a person with lived experience of homelessness
Please email email@example.com for further information.