A group of Bidwill teenagers have ignored stereotypes and captured a positive picture of their suburb.
Participants of Fusion Western Sydney's Bidwill Youth Outreach program recently took part in a two-week movie-making workshop.
The result was a YouTube video, Bidwill is Home, in response to recent ABC coverage which described Bidwill as a suburb "full of sad stories".
It features teenagers explaining why Bidwill is home to them, in an attempt to change people's perceptions.
It was screened on A Current Affair last week as part of a segment about communities with a negative stereotype fighting back.
"A few people from the area were badly misquoted, which was upsetting," said Fusion youth worker Henry McCarthy.
"The kids weren't too affected but were super keen to address it. Their faces lit up to be on A Current Affair because it showed Bidwill in a positive light."
The outreach meets on Fridays during schools terms, 3pm to 6pm, at Bidwill Uniting Church. It helps teenagers learn skills and make friends.
Next month several participants will go to Uluru as part of a 10-day pilgrimage.
‘‘The culture here is phenomenal,’’ said Fusion youth worker Henry McCarthy.
‘‘The kids have worked hard to create a culture of caring and respect for each other. I tell the parents what their kids do here and their response often is ‘Why aren’t they like this at home?!’ One year 11 student was in danger of leaving school early when he joined the group a few years ago but with mentoring and giving him some responsibility he’s now staying at school and making a difference to his life.’’
View video (3.05): youtube.com/watch?v=wODAL1yEZK0