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Red Room Poetry’s Youth Unlocked collaborates with students, teachers and educational communities in Behavioural Intervention Centres and Juvenile Justice Centres to deepen encounters with poetry.

Youth Unlocked nurtures the potential of young people through the reflective and healing power of poetry, encouraging self-expression that helps young people find their voice, write, record, perform and share their stories to:

  • support literacy, learning and wellbeing
  • encourage confidence and engagement
  • reconnect with family and community
  • unpack shame and create space to openly share feelings


  • Coreen Special Educational School
  • Nowra High School ‘Links to Learning’ (with poet Kirli Saunders)
  • Oolong House Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre (with poet Ethan Bell)
  • Reiby Juvenile Justice (with poet Kirli Saunders, supported by America Express)

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