L2R Next Gen (L2R) is a grassroots not-for-profit organisation that provides opportunities for young people to participate in free weekly hip hop dance workshops in Melbourne’s West including young people from culturally and linguistically diverse, newly arrived and at-risk communities.
More than just a series of dance workshops, L2R promotes social inclusion, mental and physical health and self-respect by employing creative approaches to break down social barriers including age, race, religion, culture and gender while promoting resilience in the community. L2R connects young people to essential services in their community and builds pathways for young people to become emerging cultural leaders.
L2R’s support for young people and their social welfare extends well beyond the dance studio. Working with organisations such as Spirit West, Maribyrnong Youth Services, Brimbank Youth services and Western English Language School to support youth with education, employment pathways, social welfare concerns and activities such as sports, music and camps.
There are many organizations and service providers who primarily focus on providing support for social welfare concerns such as, housing, food and employment. Many of these support programs provide limited if any avenue for creativity and expression. The arts are important because they allow humans to tap into their experiences and sensations, fostering poetic transformation. Many of the students we teach have come from circumstances of poverty and disadvantage. However, although humans differ in social identities, we have in common our human bodies.
To promote social cohesion, well-being and community through the delivery of free dance workshops for disadvantaged and at risk young people living in Melbourne’s West.
L2R’s purpose is to advance Arts and Culture, contributing to the nation’s vibrant cultural life!
L2R believes there is one language we can all speak… DANCE!
- Provide dance programs in Melbourne’s West for young people facing disadvantage as a result of their experience as being newly arrived, recent migrants or disadvantaged.
- Create the next generation of community leaders by connecting young people to services, enabling them to participant in a meaningful way to civic life.
- Create pathways into employment for young people, including the arts and community development sectors.
- Develop a sustainable model for delivering the L2R program, that is adaptable to the changing needs of young people in Victoria.
- Develop and support L2R’s teaching artists.
- Explore the possibility of developing L2R programs in other suburbs with similar demographics.
Core Values- Respect, family, growth, diversity, community, teamwork, safety, passion, individuality, creativity and commitment
Established in 2009, L2R has provided countless opportunities for newly arrived and disadvantaged young people to participate in free dance workshops held in Melbourne’s West. Young participants that access L2R’s programs struggle to access commercial opportunities due to barriers associated with their experiences as recent migrants or refugees. Growing out of Braybrook’s Western English Language School (WELS), L2R has evolved into a diverse and supportive family that promotes well-being, confidence and a sense of belonging through dance.
L2R’s support for young people and their social welfare extends well beyond the dance studio. Working with organisations such as Spirit West, Maribyrnong Youth Services, Brimbank Youth services and Western English Language School to support youth with education, employment pathways, social welfare concerns and activities such as sports, music and camps. L2R dancers have participated in fantastic performance opportunities such as Victoria’s Multicultural Festival, The Premiers Gala Dinner, NYE at Federation Square, Hamer Hall, White Night Melbourne and the AFL’s Multicultural Round.
Over 120 young people currently access the Moving to Empower program between the ages of 7 and 25, from newly arrived, culturally and linguistically diverse, at-risk and low socio-economic backgrounds from Melbourne’s western and outer western suburbs. Our participants identify with over 22 different cultural groups including Burmese, Myanmarese, West African, East African, Vietnamese, Chinese, Anglo Australian, Chinese, Iranian, Indonesian and Indian.
‘L2R is a good crew, its like a family and you can learn different stuff here’