How we work
Outloud is based on Darug land in Bankstown, Western Sydney, one of Sydney’s most culturally diverse communities.
We run a wide range of initiatives that support young people in their creative development, from school through to the launch of their careers and beyond. Our focus is to help young people, from a wide range of backgrounds, to find their voice.
In combining creative expression with social initiatives, Outloud provides both a rewarding experience as well as a specialised duty of care to those young people who may be marginalised by their culturally and linguistically diverse status. We facilitate clinics and workshops, mentoring, live performances, exhibitions and written works. We also collaborate with social workers, counsellors, service providers, such as Headspace and ACON, to deliver safe and healthy creative spaces.
Outloud’s award-winning program, RESPECT, has been developed for the prevention of domestic violence and is delivered in primary schools to boys aged ten to 12. The program has been delivered to more than a thousand individual students, averaging about 200 per year. Our sister program, UNITY, guiding girls on consent, body confidence and solidarity, has recently launched in schools.
Formally known as Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS), we’ve been working in Western Sydney since 1991, and we call the Bankstown Arts Centre home. Come and say hi!
Outloud is a not-for-profit organisation, and is on the Federal Government’s Cultural Organisations register. We have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR 1) status, so donations to these programs that change young people’s lives are also tax-deductible.