Stories of Strength Photo Exhibition

12 Apr 2018

Roselands in conjunction with Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS)proudly presents a collection of stories of strength from our local community.

Through the Stories of Strength & Resilience Program based at Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS), students in year 8 & 9 from Sir Joseph Banks High had the opportunity to interview inspiring individuals from their community on their ideas about strength and resilience. The images you see contain inspiring quotes from these individuals and their stories, which gives us a chance to reflect upon our own ideas of what it means to be strong.

As a storytelling and wellbeing project that specifically deals with diverse cultural communities, the students have been trained in interviewing and have been able to gain a world of insight into the complexities of peoples lived everyday experiences and how this interacts with narratives perpetuated through mainstream media. Storytelling is a form of communication that connects us with our humanity and can be used to celebrate culture, language, and inform shared knowledge.  That is what we aim to do through our exhibition, connect with one another through story and to celebrate our combined strengths!

The full stories were aired on FBi’s (community radio station) All the Best Program ( and accessed through the Stories of Strength  ( and Mapping Frictions websites (

Stories of Strength aims to inspire people to stand united against forces of hate, violence and fear by showcasing a selection of strength inspired stories from local heroes.

WHEN:                Friday 13 – Sunday 22 April

TIME:                 All Day

WHERE:              Level 3, off the Food Court

 Resilience Project is all about inspiring community to stand united against forces of hate, violence and fear. We trust that that through the sharing of cross-cultural stories, individuals will feel a greater sense of agency over their lives, and communities are better equipped to see their combined strengths. In our first series, the students from Sir Joseph Banks meet an up and coming Rastafa