Anglicare Victoria’s new program, The Baldau Yiooghen Youth Leadership Academy brings together community, cultural and sporting groups to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The academy helps participants as they strive towards their educational, employment and leadership goals. Its name, Baldau Yiooghen, means “Big Dreams” in Wurundjeri language.
The program is facilitated by The Long Walk and Anglicare Victoria and a range of community partners. It links young people with community Elders and provides them with industry and cultural experiences in partner organisations.
Anglicare Victoria Community Development Manager David Law said the program signifies the coll boration of organisations to offer the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders’ guidance and encouragement to achieve their future goals.
“Following the program, the young people return to local communities and those over the age of 15 form a youth advisory committee to advise the board at their local Aboriginal Co-operative, as well as paid work experience with one of the academy partners.”
To find out more about the program, please call 1800 809 722.