About Just Voices Speakers Program

Looking to hear incredible stories of resilience and empowerment in your workplace, school or community? Do you want to take an active part in promoting tolerance and positive change?

Jesuit Social Services’ Just Voices Speakers Program connects with the community in unique and unforgettable ways. We offer inspiring motivational keynote speakers and story tellers from diverse communities, cultures and lived experiences.

Not only will your event be skilfully delivered by our highly experienced team, by engaging our services you will be supporting a social change organisation with 41 years’ experience working at the hard end of social justice.

Speakers and artists

Expertly matched to your event, class or gathering, our speakers and musicians share their stories, culture and artistry to open up conversation in an engaging and unforgettable ways.

Our presentations are all different, just like each of our presenters.

Our presenters come from a wide array of countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, West Papua, East Timor and Burundi. They are keen to connect with the community and share their inspiring stories and messages.

We also proudly offer Indigenous Australian speakers and musicians for presentations and workshops. We have high energy cultural drumming workshops, hip hop workshops and speakers with lived experience of homelessness. All stories come with messages of resilience and hope and can be adapted to any age or group size.

Teambuilding workshops

If you are looking for unique teambuilding experiences, you can hire our fully equipped music recording studio and art workspace in Melbourne’s cultural heartland of Collingwood. We offer workshops on:

  • Hip Hop/ Rap
  • Beatmaking
  • Cultural drumming
  • Storytelling
  • Silk Painting
  • Art for Calm

Workshops are led by our highly experienced Community Cultural Development Artists who work with our community’s most vulnerable young people. You will hear about their extraordinary work whilst experiencing the studios for yourself.

 

Recording and studio hire

Book a session or a whole day in our recording and art studios to record your own song or create art. You will be fully supported by our Community Cultural Development Artists to guide and assist you.

Sound engineering and equipment hire

Just need sound? The team in the music studio have you covered. We have sound engineers, speakers, microphones, mixers and every cable under the sun to make your event pop.

Testimonials

“The response from our team has been significant. Although the personal stories were unthinkable, they were equally inspiring. Your speakers started a conversation which I hope will continue for some time.”  

Martin Reynolds, Head of Institutional & Middle Markets Victoria, JLL

“I just wanted to let you know we were all SO impressed by Isaiah-he has certainly left a lasting impression on us all, and I thank you for giving him the opportunity to get his story out there!”  

Bianca Blatchford, Acting Unit Manager, Austin Hospital

“Thank you for bringing the talented group with you to our Streetsleep event. It was terrific to be able to have some of the Artful Dodgers and Paule both singing and chatting on the night.” 

Wendy Brakey, Property Industry Foundation

“THANK YOU!!!! You guys rocked our BYGA forum. Students took so much home  from the day – inspiration, awareness, knowledge, liberation and motivation to take on what they have heard and learned and step up for themselves and others. You guys left a legacy with our BYGA Forum and it will be so hard to top that next year.  In the meantime, we cannot wait for the next opportunity to welcome you both back to Ballarat and shake things up in a wonderful way!”  

Katja Fiedler, Youth Development Officer,  City of Ballarat

“Our students were amazed at Isaiah’s story, and the resilience and determination he showed to overcome the cruelty and heartache he suffered. He inspired all of us with his incredible courage and his desire to help others. Even now the students are still talking about him and we often pray for him in our daily prayers.”   

Jo Howell, Teacher, St Finbar’s Primary Brighton East

“I found Mimi’s speech to be very inspiring and in overhearing students’ conversations, it is evident she touched many of them too.  One, on leaving the room, was overheard to say, “She was awesome.  I’m going to change the world”.  Wow!”  

Eileen Rigby, Principal’s Assistant, Mercy College Coburg

Where do our speakers perform?

 

Our trained speakers and musicians present in:

  • Schools and universities
  • Parishes
  • Clubs
  • Festivals
  • Corporates, and
  • Community and charity events.
Are the speakers flexible with presentation time and subject matter?

Yes, of course. Our speakers tailor social justice talks for as short as 10 minutes or as long as multiple day workshops.

Based on your criteria, we help you to find the perfect speaker for session, even at short notice!

Do our speakers have valid Working with Children Check card?

 

Yes! Everyone involved in the speakers program carries a valid card.

Do you charge?

Yes. We are a not for profit enterprise and as such try to keep our fees as low as possible.

 

Our fee goes to the speaker or musician and supports the Artful Dodgers Studio in providing ongoing support, debriefing and mentoring.

Who are your speakers and musicians?

We have speakers from a variety of backgrounds including:

 

Indigenous Australians and people from Afghanistan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, West Papua, East Timor and Burundi to name a few.

What things do I have to keep in mind when booking?

Generally, speakers and musicians need access to:

  • Microphone
  • Speaker with an aux cable
  • Laptop and overhead projector

If you don’t have these things, don’t worry. For a small fee, we can provide sound equipment and someone to set up and run this for you.

Do you provide support to develop promotional materials?

We can also assist with developing your promotional materials. Please mention this when booking a speaker.

Do you provide support to develop promotional materials?

We can also assist with developing your promotional materials. Please mention this when booking a speaker.