The Streets Movement Organisation (TSM) is an Indigenous community development organisation which provides programs, pathways and opportunities for the disconnected, forgotten and wayward, helping them re-engage with opportunity, education and community. Utilising the guiding virtues of liberty, justice and equity as a path towards providing community development opportunities.
Providing greater opportunity for all through the values of universal human rights, which is founded upon liberty, justice and equity. We utilise the pillars of empowerment, education, economics and culture, to foster strength, resilience, solidarity and conviction to the community. Our ideals are centred around providing opportunity for people and “a hand up, over a hand out”. At TSM we provide pathways for the disconnected, forgotten and wayward, helping them re-engage with opportunity, education and community. How do we do it?
TSM is a registered Indigenous organisation which assists in building the capacity of our communities in particular an emphasis on young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. TSM works in two streams of this Indigenous community development.
Both streams are fundamental to the advancement and growth of communities and in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders society today. The overrepresentation of Indigenous issues pertaining to incarceration, lack of educational opportunity, health, abuse and trauma as well as disempowerment in relation to economics, politics and social standing is why it is imperative TSM conducts its work on two fronts to address these critical issues and advance the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
TSM has its attention set within the community development sphere on two priority areas, with those being Indigenous and Youth. TSM looks at building opportunity and initiatives for these key areas through initiatives in Education, Enterprise, Economics and Empowerment (The 4 E’s).
The “4 E’s” have been identified as these are some of the most critical influencing factors in the development of Indigenous people and Youth, hence access to these opportunities is fundamental for any meaningful and lasting impact within community.
The “4 E’s” will also be subdivided into two categories the first being targeted towards individuals in need of urgent support i.e. street level youth, homeless, victims of DV, substance abuse victims etc. Whilst the second will be targeted towards those Indigenous young people whom are excelling and young change makers but lack opportunity due to their geographic location, financial standing or other contributory factors (i.e. community politics etc.).
The Nexus Initiative and the MI Experience will be the flagship endeavours of the organisation now with two distinct and very different approaches but both still tackling issues around lack of opportunity within community. After successful trials in Cairns, the Nexus Initiative will operate as a social incubator hub, with the premise of providing local grassroots entities and groups with the infrastructure and logistical support to be able to generate a social impact. These centres will ensure that community groups have a place to consistently utilise and call home. In turn, they can go onto create social change and empowerment for their own communities. Organisations and groups working or utilising this space will also have mentorship provided around their organisational development and assistance in capacity building.
The MI-Experience operates as a cross cultural and international exchange initiative, designed to provide opportunity to Indigenous students from regional and remote areas. Partnering with institutions and organisations around the world, participants fly out to experience what a path in their respective interests can lead too. The idea behind this initiative is to link local and international communities sharing experiences, culture, networks and knowledge to be able to inspire and create a drive and spark for creating change as an individual and for the community.