NAIDOC Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate our young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in our community. A great example of a young indigenous person that has grown into a leader in their community is Jack*.
Jack has been with our Aboriginal Services team since he was in year seven after struggling in school and recovering from a traumatic childhood. We spoke to Jack a few years ago to highlight how he had increased his confidence and motivation thanks to the support of our youth workers.
Now, we are proud to announce that Jack has been offered a position to embark on his childhood dream, in the Australian Defence Force.
Jack says he always thought this dream would never be reality, but with the help of youth workers he made it.
“Aboriginal services gave me the opportunity to attend training days and every time I felt like giving up they motivated me to keep chasing my dream.”
Youth Worker, Trent McGrath, has been working alongside Jack since he first came to Youth Off The Streets and was visibly moved when announcing the news of his acceptance into the Defence Force at our Reconciliation Week event.
Jack’s first experience with the Aboriginal Cultural Connections program was when he began participating in indigenous dancing all around Australia. This is when Jack’s confidence really began to grow, motivating him to continue working towards his dream.
“It’s been quite a journey; I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for their support. Now I’m going to be the first one in my family to finish year 12 and I couldn’t be prouder.”
For NAIDOC Week this year we implore you to help us celebrate the incredible resilience and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We would like to thank Future Generation Investment Company (ASX:FGX) for helping to make Jack’s dream a reality. FGX has been supporting the Aboriginal Cultural Connections program since 2015.
Read more about FGX and their unique funding model here.
*The names and images of this young person have been changed for privacy.