FUTURE DREAMERS CLUB HOUSE
We spent a year researching and speaking to different organisations to partner with when it came to our chosen charities – it was not a decision taken lightly! As you may already know, we have partnered with a national charity, Bravehearts and we always wanted to work with an organisation local to Byron Bay – to give back somehow in our community where Spell began and is still being supported. When Lizzy first went to the Future Dreamers Club House she felt a spark of inspiration and admiration for the women running this club house to truly affect young women’s lives for the better. We are proud to be sponsoring the yoga programme at Future Dreamers, as well as doing some local fundraising initiatives throughout the year and offering up mentoring services with Spell Angels!
The team tells us a bit more about Future Dreamers below.
Future Dreamers – tell us in a nut shell what it is?
It is a not-for-profit all inclusive Girls Club. We hope to inspire girls and young women aged 12-25 from Byron Bay and beyond to follow their dreams. We have an awesome Clubhouse in town where we put on many workshops and free events for the girls. We also connect the girls with positive role models both local and global via our Life Notes sessions. Our workshops and events aim to ignite confidence, creativity, connection, build skills, celebrate life and have fun! Future Dreamers invites girls to be themselves, try out new things, seize opportunity, be supported and support one another through the process of growing up & navigating the world.
How did it start?
We wanted to provide a safe space for girls to hang out. We – Leah, Cath, Grace, Asuka and Katy – wanted to produce something outstanding for the girls of Byron Bay and beyond. We also wanted to utilise all the amazing women in Byron and surrounds who are doing amazing things and have them share their skills and inspiration with the next generation. A dynamic, fresh Clubhouse and shared space that celebrates girls and life!
At Future Dreamers, girls are invited to get to know their personal potential and open up doorways of possibility, as well as celebrating the power of friendship, individual diversity, creativity, authentic expression and having a fabulous time along the way!
Why did you think there was a need for Future Dreamers in our community?
We saw a need for a space that celebrated being a young woman. One where girls could share, create and dream together. We knew this needed to be a safe and inviting space, where girls could come to relax and just be, as well as learn, engage, and feel inspired.
We feel that we fill the gap, that school and sporting clubs fall short…. we are cool, with an urban edge, a salute to nature and an emphasis around positive lifestyle habits. We raise the vibes, through sheer fun and excitement. We push boundaries and back ourselves. Freedom of expression is our juice! We feel that a lot of youth offerings can be somewhat outdated or too old-worldly, therefore not appealing to young people. Instead of trying to fix problems, we aim to prevent them from happening. We see Future Dreamers as preventative medicine – a good dose of laughter and fun, freedom to be yourself, exploration, possibility and believing in one another – to keep boredom, anxiety and disconnection at bay. We are total life enthusiasts and excited about the future of these girls, and the earth at large.
A few of the Dreamers grew up around this region and from their personal experience felt the availability of this kind of space to be lacking. More so, they wanted this for their daughters and the wider community. After all who runs the world? Girls right!? We didn’t want the girls of this community to have to wait until they were adults to recognise and achieve their dreams (like we had too, lol!) or feel cut off from opportunity. Really, we are being who we needed when we were young.
Having our offerings free to low cost, means that they are accessible for every girl who wants to join in. We know that during teenage years, girls are quite likely to look outward, seeking female role models often separate from their families or close networks. We are fresh, modern and with a wide and varied view of the world, allowing girls to see the diversity of life through the mixed opinions and life experiences. Intergenerational and mixed social sharing – there is nothing quite like the power of women gathering!
And why should other communities do something similar?
Because our girls (and boys!) are the future. There are many models around the globe, different to Future Dreamers yet similar in that they all emphasise female empowerment through access to opportunity, education, love and attention… What happens when we lift up our girls is remarkable and the effect on communities and whole societies, profoundly positive. We learn just as much from the awe-inspiring youth who come through our doors, as they do from us. They have the freshest approach to life; their creativity and passion speaks of hope and opportunity, which can and should be heard now.
What is the biggest change you’ve seen from someone coming to the Clubhouse?
So many remarkable moments, each valuable and powerful in its own right. Change, and growth is a constant here, but having something to say, feeling confident to express it, and nurturing an idea through from creation to completion is amazing to witness. Girls with huge amounts of social anxiety and fear, relax and blossom in the space, returning time and time again. Girls learning new skills, finding employment or just dancing off a stressful week. All of these things are so important. Other wonderful moments in time include, seeing happy girls, laughing, and smiling heading out of the Clubhouse off to school after an early morning yoga, dance or fitness session.
Why should women empower women?
Because this is the only way forward! We are over-saturated in a culture of comparison, judgement and competition. It’s out-dated, banal and of no use to anyone. Only by lifting one another up, by celebrating one another’s strengths and our own gifts, can we really live abundant lives and feel freedom within ourselves. The younger girls can understand this, the better.
What is your advice to anyone who knows a teenage girl who needs help with their path?
Listen to her. Really listen. Without jumping in or trying to solve for her what it is she is asking. This is all part of it! Witness and note to her, her special gift, as girls are often unaware of how wonderful they truly are. It can be as simple as ‘you’re an attentive observer’, ‘I love the way you care for your siblings’ or ‘ I love how you’re not afraid to voice your opinion’. If she won’t open up to you, gently assist her in the direction of someone she can share with, perhaps another positive female role model she looks up to. And of course, lead by example. How do you: look after yourself, follow your dreams, live in the world? All of these things will impact her.
Your favourite part about Future Dreamers?
My favourite part is that the girls have a stimulating, inspiring and social place to call their own. Grace
Meeting all the wonderful girls who come to Future Dreamers, learning from them as much as they learn from us! Working with some amazing women in our community. Cath
The unfolding! Guiding this unfolding but also learning how to let go and let the magic happen. Being totally present with the girls, learning about them, sharing and connecting. Working with an A-team of women; figuring it out together, growing personally (so much!) and enjoying the beauty of creativity on a daily basis. Asuka
Co-creating an on point, modern social Clubhouse with these rocking women. Future Dreamers seems to induce laughter, as I always walk outta here smiling inwardly. Whether it be connecting with the young women, the supporters and sponsors, or the dreamers themselves, it’s like a feel good dream factory around here. Furthermore, my most favourite part about Future Dreamers is WE ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION for this world, WE ARE THE GAME CHANGERS, THE REVOLUTIONARY VISIONARIES, not just another group talking about it or fixing problems after the fact. Leah
My favourite part about future dreamers is connecting with all the girls and seeing them leave so filled with energy, smiles and so much happiness! Katy