Jesse Sullivan began volunteering with Jesuit Social Services’ Artful Dodgers Studios a decade ago. He was drawn to the program’s unique approach in engaging young individuals who experience disadvantage.
“Artful Dodgers is a welcoming space for young people to access art and music equipment and support from Community and Cultural Development workers who are practising artists and provide one-on-one mentoring. But it’s also a place young people can re-engage with learning and build self-confidence, social connection, and a sense of belonging,” said Jesse.
Jesse is now a Community and Cultural Development worker with Artful Dodgers Studios. He believes that because the program focuses on young people as artists, it’s able to reach people who are disengaged or don’t know where to find support.
“Young people who come here are often living under difficult circumstances and may never have seen a psychologist or connected with a support service before.”
“Dodgers has successfully connected some of these young people to the supports they need. I think that’s because when they come here, the primary focus isn’t on their trauma or circumstances. They’re here to make art and music.