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    2018 - 07.03

    A SOCIAL media initiative by students at TasTAFE offers young people living on the North-West to share their dreams, achievements and aspirations in life without judgment or stigma.
    Nanjing Night Net

    The Facebook page, called SelfiEsteam is a safe space for young people to promote themselves and their achievements to their peers and the broader community.

    The social media campaign managed by Diploma of Community Services students was developed for two reasons – to combat negative media that young people seem to attract and to build self-esteem.

    NO STIGMA: TasTAFE Diploma of Community Services students (front from left) Paige Tapp, Kira Harvey, Amay Scott, (back from left) TasTAFE teacher Wendy Cunningham, Tania Latham and Marty Illingworth are encouraging everyone to be themselves. Picture: Katrina Docking.

    The idea to create the page was born from a brainstorming session between students and industry representatives from Youth, Family and Community Connections.

    Youth self-esteem was flagged as a significant concern by the group.

    Community Services Teacher Clare Thompson said creating a social media campaign aimed at boosting self-esteem was seen as a positive step in combating the issue that plagues the Coast’s young people.

    “Young people often get a raw deal when it comes to things like getting a job because of the attitudes that prevail around their particular generation,” Ms Thompson said.

    “SelfiEsteam is a platform for young people to counter this by sharing and celebrating their stories.”

    To coincide with the Facebook page, students at TasTAFE are also conducting a survey to demonstrate that youth struggle with self-esteem issues.

    The survey will build upon previous surveys conducted over the last two years by Certificate III in Community Services students with a focus on issues that affect young people.

    SelfiEsteam will be launched in the lead up to National Youth Week event Reclaim the Lane, which will be held on April 10 in Rooke Lane, Devonport.

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