We love Wagga Wagga!
Last week the Tomorrow Man team was in Wagga Wagga NSW rolling out our Community Activation Program. Throughout 11 workshops at four local schools and A Night with the Blokes session we met so many amazing and courageous people. Willing to break down the expectations and rules on gender stereotypes. Opening up and owning their stories, making connections with those around them and building tighter and more solid support networks for the future.
The young guys in Wagga had some of the most charismatic energy you could imagine. Walking into school classrooms full of rowdy teenage blokes is one of the greatest feelings ever, they have absolutely no idea that in a matter of half an hour they'll be seeing a completely different side of one another. This couldn't have been any more apparent than the workshops at Kooringal High School. The year 10 and 11 guys had so much energy, they really fit the typical teenage lad vibe, but an hour into the workshop these blokes had flipped the lid on what a real man is at Kooringal High School is. The conversation vibrating around the room were mind blowing, guys that normally would never throw their voice were stepping up as the hero of the workshop, and gents that staff had warned us about, were taking ownership over the direction of the workshop, demanding more from themselves and each other. It's a real privilege to see a different side of a person that has spent so long building an image.
See you soon!
We can't wait for Wagga Wagga Round 2 to do follow up workshops with all the schools and a few new schools and sports clubs that have caught wind of the Tomorrow Man work. See you in early 2019 Wagga Wagga!
A Night with the Blokes
Delivering workshops to schools is awesome, but then getting to speak to the dads, the teachers, the coaches of sports clubs, and the local men, of all ages, from the community is another thing all together. We often forget about the positive power a group of blokes can have when they get together and talk openly and honestly, we saw that power during A Night With Blokes in Wagga Wagga. The courage and bravery of the men in the room was inspiring. Young people are always willing to jump in when it comes to this work, it's a little hard the older we get and the men of Wagga Wagga certainly threw themselves in the deep end, making the session really successful.
And Thank you
Special thanks to Jan and Denbigh from Riverina Bluebell for all their hard work promoting A Night with the Blokes. Your passion for the people of Wagga is undeniably strong and the community is so very lucky to have you. Also to Truly Deeply Brands - Art with Heart Fundraiser and Gotcha4Life for making this Community Activation in Wagga possible.