Inspiring Young People

ACRO has a long history of involvement with programming for young people. Its Youth Action Panel initiatives during the 1990s were to be translated into government-run initiatives that recognised the worth of opinions held by younger citizens. The ACRO developed ATAC (Australian Teens Advocating Change) Project led young people on Tours throughout the country advocating against drug-taking; racism; negative peer pressure; and mentoring. The group won a Queen's Trust Award and the Nescafe Big Break Award in acknowledgement of their work. One of its members was to become "Young Queenslander of the Year" and a winner of a Centenary Medal. ACRO trust the worth of young people and seek to inspire them to social justice endeavour.

ACRO Staff have facilitated Youth Camps for over a decade now and have provided positive experiences for a large number of young people for whom access normally would be cost-prohibitive. This is a no-cost project for participants.

Click here to view photos from various camps convened by ACRO.
Knowing Me/Knowing You Project

In 2010 ACRO undertook a photography project entitled Knowing Me, Knowing You aimed at providing opportunities for young people from a refugee background to express their experiences through the creative medium of photography. The project involved a series of facilitated workshops and culminated in an exciting exhibition of the work of the young people involved at the Queensland Centre for Photography. Click on this link for a copy of the Knowing Me Knowing You Evaluation Outcomes Report.

Please click on this sentence to view the Program which shows examples of the work produced and introduces some of the photographic artists.

ACRO School Holidays Youth Camps

Through its family support work over many years, ACRO became aware of the need of many young people for flexible, well-organised recreational activities, particularly during school holidays when high levels of boredom are often expressed. Many activities which young people would like to participate in were too expensive or were considerable distances from where they lived. Initially ACRO volunteers fund raised to enable one group of young people each year to attend holiday camps. However, in 1999 ACRO secured funding to enable a group of young people to take part in activities throughout all school holiday periods. The organisation has now passed its 10th year milestone and has inspired hundreds of young people through experiences that otherwise would have been closed to them. The ACRO Camp Program receives some funding from government but is substantially subsidised by the organisation. You can assist by way of donation. Please visit our "Your Donation Dollar" site for information on how you can help. for details about how you can help build this project.