TAFE’s leadership program set guide youth
FUTURE indigenous community leaders are being moulded by North Coast TAFE's Wollumbin Dreaming youth leadership program.
Twenty seven Aboriginal students were selected due to their exceptional talent displayed in their school communities to take part in the program ran by the North Coast TAFE Community Development & Aboriginal Engagement Team.
Through consultation with the Tweed Aboriginal community Wollumbin Dreaming was created to develop leadership skills with a core cultural perspective.
"Leadership skills are a valuable life skill that can be a point of difference in relationships with employers, family and peers," program facilitator and team Leader of Aboriginal Support Services Stephen Jamieson said.
He had a strong message for the youth participating in the program.
"You are our future and these skills will assist you to be leaders in your communities," he said.
Six core values are trumpeted by the program; awareness, integrity, communication, advocacy, acceptance and reflection.
On Thursdays students will come together for seven weeks to participate in activities, share ideas, learn more about their culture and form relationships through team building exercises.
The participants cited closing the gap, becoming a better role model, learning about their culture and becoming a mentor in their community as key reasons they became involved in Wollumbin Dreaming.
To break the ice on day one of the program the group went on a Balunjali Cultural Kayaking Tour, which explored Aboriginal elders' strong connection with the land and the sea.
At the end of the Wollumbin Dreaming program the students will create a presentation identifying cultural issues that exist within their school communities and showcasing their strategies to address problems.
North Coast TAFE partnered with Connect, Tweed Wollumbin Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Tweed Shire Council and the Department of Education, as well as various clubs in the Tweed community.