Hello, my name’s Jacinta and I’m one of Dismantle’s Program Mentors. I attend programs, talk to young people, and have a rad time teaching them how to dismantle and then recreate their bikes. After building a bit of a relationship, I get to talk about things in their life that are making them not feel the best, and work with them to figure out how to fix them. I also do some bits and pieces in the workshop, getting bikes up to scratch and doing general maintenance.
I became really passionate about youth work when I was 15, when I was on camp, and have since worked at countless camps for young people to promote self improvement. I’m in my second year studying full time at ECU, completing a double major in psychology and youth work; I want a career where I can inspire young people to pursue their potential.
Additionally, I volunteer at an after-school drop in youth centre for at risk youth one day a week and work my other job as a bartender in the city. Dismantle is great because of its dynamite atmosphere, team and message. Every day is different and there is always something that will take me by surprise, make me smile, or be a teaching moment for myself. I love creating rapport with the young people and watching them come out of their shell and become enthusiastic about bikes and the program. Seeing someone who wasn’t keen on creating their own bike, and then seeing them stoked with their new ride – that’s what it’s all about.