Creating a future our young people can believe in.


Our young people are precious and we all share the dream of them having positive futures.


However, many are hurting. Statistics show that their mental health has been deteriorating for years.


Behind every statistic is a young person struggling with anxiety, a young person harming themselves or a young person taking risks with drugs or alcohol.


Suicide is the leading cause of death of young people – young lives gone and families shattered.

Geoff Gallop Ex Premier of WA has said:
Young people at the moment are the miners’ canaries of our society. They’re picking up on the way we organise our society, the priorities we give. They can’t see the hope.

In her book The Language of Hope, Jeanette Pritchard lays out a roadmap for how things could change if our society made the wellbeing of young people a high priority, and we were willing to kickstart our hearts to rediscover the heart’s language giving young people:

HOPE that positive decisions are being taken to protect their futures

EMPATHY and kindness to make them feel valued and heard

ACTION to show them that things can really change for the better

RELATIONSHIPS which show they are cared for and listened to

TRUST which allows them to feel safe

The child who is not embraced by the
village will burn it down to feel its warmth.



THE HEART’S LANGUAGE PROJECT is an online community of people who care deeply about our young people. This is particularly important at the present time when so many young people have been impacted by the pandemic and are struggling.

The project aims to build awareness around what is impacting the wellbeing of our young people and what we can do about it.

It will provide opportunities

  • for young people to have a VOICE
  • for those who work directly with young people to SHARE their experiences and thoughts
  • for organisations, programs, and initiatives which support young people to be PROMOTED

Together we can make a difference

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The Language of Hope


Based on her many years of experience in working with young people, in her book The Language of Hope, Jeanette Pritchard gives her thoughts on why our young people have lost hope in our society and why they are crying out for change.

She suggests we could turn things around by reconnecting with our hearts and reclaiming what she calls the Heart’s Language – made up of Hope, Empathy, Action, Relationships and Trust – and shows why all these elements are so important to the wellbeing of young people. She then shows how we could use that language to reshape society.

The book incorporates the work of talented Ciara Symons, a 17-year-old school student from Geelong, Australia. Through poems and writing, Ciara gives us her perspective about being a young person in the 21st century and shares her observations regarding the society we have created, as well as her thoughts about how we could do better in the future.


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“The Language of Hope is both a provocative and inspirational book. Jeanette Pritchard has taken a holistic approach to identifying the multiple challenges and at the same time identifying the multiple opportunities to make our world a better place. I think her book will inspire people of all ages to do more good and create a better world for our young.”


Jeanette Pritchard’s new book The Language of Hope is nothing short of a summons back to the Beloved Community. With elegance and authority she shines a light on the limits of our modern ways of organising our societies and economies; as well as calling out the counterfeit bill of goods that is “individualism” and “consumerism”, she offers us hope, shedding light on, and sounding a call to action towards a preferred future for those with most at stake: our young citizens; our children.

The gift at the heart of this book is in Jeanette’s unyielding belief in the inherent promise of every child to contribute to the wellbeing of their communities. Allied to this is her conviction that while “the village” that is needed to raise each child may have become fragmented, our greatest hope is in restoring our local communities into the nests from which the promise of every child, can hatch.”

CORMAC RUSSELL, Author of Rekindling Democracy, A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space

“The Language of Hope truly offers hope for our people and our planet. Jeanette Pritchard has written a heartfelt call not just to our young people, but to all of us, to work together for a fair and just society. Her book touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes at times.

The combination of Jeanette’s readable and accessible picture of where we are at today, and how we came to be here, along with the stories of seven different women who are taking action now, makes for a powerful argument, and template, of what it is possible to achieve.

And then there are the profound words of Ciara Symons, poetry that takes us beyond the constraints of our prosaic language to think, to feel and to understand from our hearts, our minds and our deepest selves.”


Many of the things we need can wait.
The child cannot.
Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made,
and his senses are being developed.
To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’ his name is today



About Jeanette Pritchard

Jeanette was a teacher for many years. She taught in a number of schools including the school in Longmore, a Perth prison for boys. Since 2003 she has focused her energy on working with schools and communities to create mentoring programs for young people. These programs have included the Standing Tall program in Hamilton, Victoria, and the Big Futures program within the BigBrothersBigSisters Australia organisation.

Jeanette has been awarded both the Westfield Premier’s Education Scholarship and the Victorian Department of Education Excellence Award for community school engagement. She now lives in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria.