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REAL Program

The Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership (REAL) Program is specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 14 – 17 years. The program engages youth at Year 9 level, and works with the participants across a number of years to develop their leadership skills.

Delivered in partnership with the YMCA, and with support from pathway partners, the program commences with a four-day intensive program that aims to support the development young Indigenous people, into confident and proud community leaders.

Phase two of the program involves engagement with the Community of Excellence program, together with a return camp the following year. In addition, this program provides access to pathway partners in health, physical activity and employment, and training opportunities.

During REAL Programs, participants engage in interactive sessions that focus on the following:

  • Leadership
  • Active participation
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Personal and career pathways
  • Cultural pride and affirmation

To participate in the program, secondary students are nominated by their school, and supported by their local community. The students are selected for being role models in both their school and community.

More than 800 young Indigenous people from Victoria and Central Australia have participated in the REAL Program to date, with positive results and feedback from both participants and schools, following completion of the program.

The REAL Program is supported by the Federal Government of Australia and the Victorian Electoral Commission.

To find out more about the REAL Program, contact us.

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