The launch of the Community Diversity and Harmony wall pledges commitment

MURAL: The community diversity and harmony wall was unveiled last week at YPA Headquarters as guests left their handprints to as a symbol to reduce stigma and discrimination in Mount Isa. Photos: Melissa North
MURAL: The community diversity and harmony wall was unveiled last week at YPA Headquarters as guests left their handprints to as a symbol to reduce stigma and discrimination in Mount Isa. Photos: Melissa North

As part of the Peers Take Action Project, funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission, the Peer Youth Mentors along with Young People Ahead staff launched the Community Diversity and Harmony wall last week.

The final touches to the wall art project were the addition of hand prints from the guests who painted their hands with vibrant coloured paints.

The handprints symbolized a promise for the future.

Peer Youth Mentor Kaleb Rakei said they wanted to promote the wall to the community by people placing their hand print on the wall, it’s to pledge their commitment to embrace diversity and harmony and reduce stigma and discrimination in Mount Isa.

“At the end of the day we are all just people trying to make it in this world but we need to support each other,” Mr Rakei said.

YPA Peer Youth Mentor Danielle Pittis said the project was a fun activity to get involved in, and provided her with an opportunity to paint some of the drawings she created a while back.

“Once the wall art project started we each outlined our ideas on a piece of paper and then we showed Sharron who helped us go from paper to wall,” Ms Pittis said.

Youth Empowering Strength Support Officer, Sharron Condren said she was able to show the youth mentors some techniques for painting as she is an artist.

General Manager for Young People Ahead Youth and Community Services Alvin Hava said he was very proud of the accomplishments of the young people involved in the project.