Last Tuesday 3Bridges hosted a very exciting 3Points Connect Event in Sydney. Community and business leaders discussed the wicked problem of how to engage children and young people as full community members.

Mr Andrew Johnson – NSW Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP)people was a keynote speaker at 3Points Connect.  Mr Johnson said- “We engage with the children and young people of NSW and listen to their feedback and input. The biggest thing they say to us is that they want to have a regular childhood, to be with their families and not be treated differently, they want to feel that sense of inclusion.”  The key issues raised by young people included:: having a safe home to live in, supportive community workers, access to opportunities to connect:.

Aunty Bronwyn Penrith then told stories of young people’s trauma and growth in the justice system . She is a Wiradjuri woman who has worked all her life for equality and the recognition of Aboriginal people and their rights . She was on the Board of the Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Women’s Corporation near the Block in Redfern and a Director of the Redfern Foundation Ltd.  Aunty Bronwyn Penrith is  a recent past member of the Redfern/Waterloo Aboriginal Justice Group and the City of Sydney Aboriginal Advisory Committee and received the Cath Leary social justice award.

Our third speaker was Charlotte Mars. She is an emerging producer, writer and director with a passion for female made content. Previously, she was the development manager for NBCU’s Matchbox Pictures, during which time she created and developed many original projects and worked on award-winning film and TV content

In 2013 Charlotte founded Marla House with Maya Newell and together they have made the feature documentary Gayby Baby, which made its premiere at Hot Docs in 2015. The resources developed with the film engage viewers to discuss the importance of including and recognising different types of families as a young person’s family is central to their understanding of their own identity. The discussion in the room about the importance of this film and the impact on schools and community has encouraged us at 3Bridges to show the video and engage our community. Find our more at

Our final speaker for the morning was, Ruth Tofler-Riesel a  co-directors of KIDS GIVING BACK. Ruth started Kids Giving Back to create the next “Generation of Generosity”, making giving back to community part of a child’s DNA. “We want to create opportunities for kids and their families to embrace real life experiences, away from the virtual world that kids live in today, and to spend quality time, either with friends or as a family, giving back. Our approach embraces kids walking hand in hand with other communities, each inspiring and empowering one another. It doesn’t take long to understand that when our children are deeply involved with giving to others, they inevitably gain as much as they give.”

Our next 3Points Connect Event is on 28th September with a fascinating topic “Living to a 100 – a blessing or a curse?”

Please see the pictures below from 3Points Connect: