Camp Mana is a creative development program that supports young people as they transition away from the Youth Justice System and back into community. Led by a small yet powerful team of culturally responsive mentors, Camp Mana delivers specialised music workshops, creative business development and vocational preparation as we prepare our young people for the world.
Project Lead, Syrene Favero is an intuitive mentor and creative known for working with young artists in development, is a passionate communicator, centres music as the healer and creates incredibly inclusive, supportive and safe spaces for young people to thrive. She works in the justice system and creates programming for incarcerated youth. Producing an online program and film production for vulnerable youth who have successfully stayed out of prison, required a level of care and attention, based on the strengths of
community work, relationships and trust.
Camp Mana and the scheduled time it was meant to run, fell victim to COVID and the recidivism of its young participants. However, a contingency plan was made to develop, produce and deliver an engaging online program despite the circumstances. To grand success, a productive online program was delivered over 14 days, with daily mentorship, creative writing workshops, music soundtrack development, filmmaking and photography. Camp Mana (Online) shape-shifted into a short film project we have called 'Unlocked', a collaboration and collection of anonymous stories, poetry and spoken word from BIPOC youth who have been in and out of the justice system. Unlocked has now inspired a long-term film and music production to capture young peoples stories over the next few years.