Past Project – The YARN Project

“We would like to pay our respect to the traditional custodians, the D’harawal people, whose land we live and work on. We further that respect to Elders both past and present, as well as the young people of this land who are our future.”

Length of project

The first stage of the YARN Project was implemented from July 2012 – June 2014. The second stage was implemented during July 2014 – June 2015.

The YARN Project has been replaced by the ARTucation project.


Reducing binge drinking and alcohol-related harms.

Target audience

The target audience of the YARN Project is young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 12 – 25 years who live, study, work and/or recreate in the Macarthur region. However, participation in the YARN Project is also open non-Indigenous young people.

Aims and objectives

Through the YARN Project, Youth Solutions aims to reduce binge drinking among the target group by:

  • increasing knowledge regarding alcohol, binge drinking and alcohol-related harms
  • increasing skills in resilience, stress management, healthy expression, safe decision making and resisting peer pressure
  • increasing connection with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and cultures


YARN@School Program

The YARN@School Program is a four-week long alcohol education program that was developed by Youth Solutions in early 2014. The YARN@School Program is delivered to students in Year 7 and Year 8 at secondary schools within the Macarthur region.



ARTucation is a creative arts program that was developed by Youth Solutions in late 2013. ARTucation involvesparticipants learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art techniques from local Aboriginal artists, and using their knowledge to create Aboriginal art-inspired works. These artworks can be on any medium including canvas, mural, furniture, walls and other structures. The number of workshops and their duration depend on the medium chosen.

ARTucation is delivered to young people aged 12 – 25 years, either in secondary schools as an addition to the YARN@School Program or at community venues throughout the Macarthur region. The finished artworks are then displayed at schools, community groups, local council offices or corporate businesses.




The YARN Project is core funded by NSW Health and South Western Sydney Local Health District. Funding for ARTucation activities in the 2014 – 2015 financial year has also been provided by Camden Council, Campbelltown City Council and Wollondilly Shire Council.

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Youth Solutions would also like to acknowledge other supporters of the YARN Project for their financial contributions, expertise, support and encouragement. Without their support, the YARN Project could not have come to life!

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YARN_logo-AW - CropedYouth Solutions would like to acknowledge that the logo for the YARN Project was proudly created by Danielle Mate from DJMate specifically for the project.

To learn more about Danielle and DJMate, visit


Project support

“YARN is the greatest thing I have ever done!”  Year 9 student, Camden High School

“I like how the friendly staff make all feel welcome at Youth Solutions. I like what Youth Solutions do and stand for by advocating drug and alcohol issues and the effects into the community. Youth Solutions has opened up many opportunities for me over the past few years which I appreciate. Overall Youth Solutions is a fantastic organisation that has a great purpose in the community.” Tamika Briggs, young Aboriginal community member.

“YARN activities are unique and special. The highlight for me is seeing local young people who aren’t normally engaged take part with pride. YARN activities are a success because they aren’t your usual youth events – it is an innovative program that young people want to be a part of.” – Joshur Bell, Muru Nanga Mai

The ARTucation program has fantastic outcomes for local young people and adds great value to the local community. Young people learn how to work in a team environment whilst applying their art skills. ARTucation allows young people to feel empowered through learning valuable and culturally specific skills.” – Jodie Dench, Camden Council

Projects such as YARN are good opportunities for young people to learn in a ‘hands on’ environment and build strong connections with the Aboriginal community and youth services in the area.” – Luke Roki, Community Links Wollondilly


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