Opportunities opened up when Real Talk, a ministry for teens won a grant - Catholic Foundation

Opportunities opened up when Real Talk, a ministry for teens won a grant

Annual Grants Program awardee, Paul Ninnes, talks about how he developed his ministry in the Archdiocese with the help of this grant.

Not so long ago, Real Talk Brisbane’s Founder Kym Keady and Managing Director Paul Ninnes struggled to gain traction for what they knew was a vital ministry for teens addressing real topics: the amazing gifts of sexuality, relationships and personal identity.

As a young husband and father, Paul initially ran Real Talk as a side project, hosting talks and promoting the ministry while making a living as a physiotherapist. Eventually he took a leap of faith and launched Real Talk as a fulltime project. This immense sacrifice paid off. Real Talk has undergone significant growth and now has a growing team of casual staff. This passionate team run talks at minimum cost to promote maximum student access to these worthwhile discussions, in locations as far flung as New Zealand.

Real Talk applied for a grant from the Religious Ministries Fund, with the intention of using their grant to fund pro bono presentations in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, for smaller parishes and youth groups who otherwise would struggle to afford this valuable service.

“I am very thankful to the people who appreciate the value of a thriving youth ministry and that the opportunity to apply for a grant is available to us here in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. I believe this ministry is vital, and it is gratifying to know more lives will be changed through hearing the message of the Theology of the Body”.

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