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'Knowledge = Power' and 'Respect Yourself' Camps project



This project was funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's Diverse Australia Program, and was supported by stakeholders including the Northern Territory Police. The project created the opportunity for young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and African communities in Darwin to break down barriers between each other and the police, and build positive relationships. Participation in camps encouraged positive interaction and respect between young people from different communities and the police, and helped increase self-respect, self-esteem, self-motivation and the development of personal safety skills.

The 'Respect Yourself' camp was designed for males and the 'Knowledge = Power' camp for females, and as such the camps included men's and women's business forums where participants could discuss sensitive issues. Four three-day camps were held at Northern Territory Police facilities in December 2007 and March 2008, where activities included:

Fifteen males and nineteen females from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and nine males and six females from African communities, all aged 15 to 20 years old, attended the camps. As an outcome, ongoing contact between participants and police indicated improved education and employment for some participants.

Abstract adapted from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship


Ross Springolo
Past President
Rotary Club of Darwin South
PO Box 39162
Winnellie NT 0820
Ph: (08) 8946 7790


Last updated: 25 August 2016
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