Superhero Me’s Captains' Programme is a highly competitive arts attachment programme where participants are trained in the inclusive arts approach, develop the confidence to work with children with special needs and build their skills to facilitate inclusive experiences between children of different abilities. During the 12-16 weeks programme, captains support artists and the team in co-creating artwork and performance pieces with the community. They will also work with Superhero Me’s core community of children, learn about social advocacy through media and public-facing work.
Our captains come from all walks of life and work in a diverse, fast-paced environment. We believe experience is the best teacher and get a kick out of growing our own people. Most captains have no experience with children with special needs, but all have removed their fears associated with disability and have the confidence to effect change in their own communities. We have worked with students, artists, musicians, teachers, mums of typically-developing kids, architects, computing geeks, journalists, photographers, theatre folk, youths with special needs, social workers, early intervention teachers, therapists, seniors, authors, lawyers, medical students and people finding their way. A common thread that unites our differences? Less talk, more action.
Applications for The Captains Programme 2020 will open in October 2019.
We focus on changing public attitudes towards inclusion and seeding opportunities for social mixing through the arts. We love working with creatives and artists who are motivated to expand their practice, curious about the special needs community, open to discomfort and who embrace creative sparring. We expose them to discover children with special needs as equals and not old fashioned “beneficiaries.” Most creatives start off their relationship with us through the Captains Programme and expand their practice with us along the way.
We currently do not accept volunteers, as we prefer to train well-meaning individuals before they work with our children.
Please connect with us on social media to get updates on volunteering opportunities.