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Heartspeak

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The Heartspeak Collective

I am dedicated towards helping young people who have not had the love, support and experience I have had. I'm passionate about hands-on ways to help others willing to help themselves, whether it be through learning, un-tapping, identifying and nurturing their creativity and potential or expanding themselves and teaching them how to take advantage of others' networks.

Amanda Betts of Bridge the Gap Project Charitable Trust & The Hearstpeak Collective has created a sleuth of ways where we provide workshops, mentoring, events and fashion/art works to raise funds, light and awareness for charities, people and projects. I was so inspired about the work ethos and mission, I volunteered my services, knowledge and experience. As a graphic artist, I have been responsible for all branding for the Bridge The Gap Project.

We work extensively and intimately with young people from all walks of life with a focus predominantly on at-risk, vulnerable, ex/incarcerated young people and women on probation. We also work with care and protection, within the court system (restorative justice) as well as with youth justice/residences.

I'm proudly responsible for the creative art therapy aspect of the programme, expanding the young people in using a MAC Book Pro (something most have never had access to) as well as helping them create a bespoke Heart art piece they can call their own. We've used some of the artwork to turn them into greeting cards, so I also contribute to helping the young people in enterprise where they can sell their own art, makes gifts or submit the works to accompany and support apology letters (restorative justice).

As a person who supports in fundraising, one of my artworks fetched $2,500 for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Unite.

As a person who supports in fundraising, one of my artworks fetched $2,500 for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Unite.

Could youth mentoring be the key to keeping young people out of jail? Amanda provides tailored services through BTGP.

Could youth mentoring be the key to keeping young people out of jail? Amanda provides tailored services through BTGP.

One of the many Heartspeak Jackets co-created by Amanda Betts and a young person sharing their story.

One of the many Heartspeak Jackets co-created by Amanda Betts and a young person sharing their story.