On Tuesday 30 May, Youth Off The Streets held a reconciliation week event in order to mark two milestones in...
Youth Off The Streets' Reconciliation Action Plan
In 2012, Youth Off The Streets developed its first Reconciliation Action Plan. A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a public document that aims to work towards achieving equality and building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Youth Off The Streets’ vision for reconciliation is to support the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by listening, learning and sharing our stories, respecting cultural diversity, and building opportunities to ensure that every individual contributes to creating a better future.
We continue to have a strong RAP committee made up of committee members, RAP champions along with an Expert Advisor committee which comprises of a Wiradjuri Elder, Youth Off The Streets senior manager and Elder, and a Professor at the University of Wollongong.
Through our first RAP we managed to successfully build cultural awareness for all staff, establish and develop relationships with Aboriginal Elders, communities and organisations where our programs are located; implement Welcome and Acknowledgement protocols and improve knowledge for all staff through access to current and culturally appropriate information. In our second RAP we aim to have each area of business establish and maintain key local relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to build stronger relationships, ensure RAP information is included in new staff inductions so all Youth Off The Streets staff are aware and understand reconciliation, consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander management and employees to establish a networking/mentoring strategy among other initiatives.