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Up close and personal with Jay Laga'aia

Published: 16 September 2014

Up close and personal with Jay Laga'aia

Almost 600 Logan parents, high school students, university students and community members participated in engaging workshops with actor Jay Laga'aia in July.

The well-known performer of film, TV, stage and radio delivered six workshops over two days to promote connected communities and social cohesion through education and performing arts.

The 'Up Close and Personal with Jay Laga'aia Logan Tour' was a Logan: City of Choice initiative, delivered by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Multicultural Affairs in partnership with Logan City Council, the State Library, Griffith University, Woodridge High School, Boystown and Access Community Services.

The workshops were held at BoysTown in Kingston, St Francis College in Crestmead, Woodridge State High School and Marsden State High School. A 'JAMMIN Session' was also held at the Griffith University Logan campus as a professional development opportunity for Pacific Island students, and Access Community Services hosted a workshop for young people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The tour had a number of core objectives, including to connect culturally diverse communities in Logan with resources and information on education; raise aspirations of parents for their children's education and life goals; provide key messages of ongoing learning and self-determination; and provide a positive role model in the performing arts industry.

A snapshot of feedback from Marsden State High School students:
'I really enjoyed the vibe and energy that the class had. Your visit here was inspirational and I definitely learnt a lot!'

'Throughout the session I learnt about more confidence in performance. I enjoyed the fact that I was motivated and inspired to succeed in life. Your words not only inspired me in drama but also for life!'