Earlier this week I received this amazing email. It MADE MY WEEK.
In 2012, with the help of my partner in crime Kate, we made ‘Bee’s Journey’, a short film about pocket-rocket Bee Orsini and her experience with youth homelessness. It was promotional fodder for Youth Homelessness Matters Day and the Salvos.
Bee had a difficult childhood, and found herself helpless and homeless at 20. She eventually turned her life around by contacting a youth service and finding employment within the Salvos, and now dedicates her efforts full time to bringing awareness to youth homelessness around the country.
We ‘premiered’ the short film at Redfern community centre, it was well received and we were proud of it, but also thought it was the conclusion of the project…. until I was very pleasantly surprised this week!
On 23/07/2013, at 2:49 PM, Bee Orsini wrote:
How are you? I hope you’re well :)
I just wanted to let you know besides, Youth Homelessness Matters Day your video “Bee’s Journey” has been used for a number of other occasions!! :)
- Channel 10 1 Million Acts of Kindness campaign
- Salvos Schools webpage
- Red Shield Schools Project: Over 100 students from over 30 different Schools attended these events across NSW
- Implemented into Salvos Schools presentations in NSW (Shown to approximately 1000+ students since April 2012 and ongoing)
- Used by students e.g. Meriden High School student showed the video at assembly to advertise a School fundraiser for Salvos
- Every Salvos School presentation in Melbourne (From last month onwards)
Shortly, we are hoping to provide it to every Salvation Army Officer who talks to corporates/schools/community groups to raise awareness of the issue of youth homelessness in particular.
Thank you so much for giving us an invaluable resource that so many people within our organisation have been able to use as a powerful tool to help explain what is quite often difficult.
Teachers have commented on the style of the video, describing how their students “go completely still and become immersed in the video” and the non confronting, subtle messaging means that teachers feel comfortable having it shown in their class and appreciate a new angle of homelessness which encourages students to look at the issue in a different light.
School Liaison Consultant – Oasis Initiative
Territorial Mission & Resource Team – Social
The Salvation Army