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Youth drama project aims to develop life skills of future generations

An exciting new youth drama program developed to increase the life skills of young people in Perth has been created by the FNTS (From Nothing To Something) Movement in collaboration with the WA AIDS Council. The program, ‘Collective Action’ has been successful in receiving funding support from the Department of Local Government and Communities and will launch in May 2016.

‘Collective Action’ aims to equip young people with skills and knowledge to better handle life conflicts, pressures and expectations through drama. Throughout the program, young people develop drama skills and are encouraged to think of a real life challenge they have faced, are currently facing, or feel they may face at some point in their lives. Using these acquired drama skills, participants act out the situation using this roleplay as an opportunity to implement strategies to resolve the conflict. The opportunity to act out such scenarios helps to build experience and provide young people with confidence to handle potential situations should they be faced with them.

Facilitating the project is 21 year old Tannielle McHugh, who has studied drama at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Aboriginal Theatre and the Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts (ACPA). Since being inspired to pursue acting through attending a youth drama group as a teenager, Tannielle has developed a strong passion to work with young people.

Supporting Tannielle in delivering the program is 22 year old Founder of the FNTS Movement, Rachdar Abubakar Giraneza. Rachdar believes that everyone can grow ‘from nothing to something’ which is why he is passionate about empowering other young people to pursue their dreams.

The WA AIDS Council is proud to be collaborating with the FNTS Movement and supporting Tannielle and Rachdar in facilitating this exciting program and sharing their life experience to better equip the next generation of young people.

Get involved!

Collective Action will run for 12 months and will work with high school students living in the Perth Metropolitan area. To become a participant simply contact the Collective Action Coordinator via email:

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