Indigenous students from across Australia have been hosted in Shepparton to participate in further education.ESTELLE GRIEPINK April 28, 2014 3:44am
Indigenous Youth Mobility Program's Natasha Mitchell, Harry Miaoudis, JJ Metzger and Brandon Baginski.
Starting a new life in Shepparton has opened up a world of opportunities for the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program’s Natasha Mitchell, Harry Miaoudis, JJ Metzger and Brandon Baginski.
The program helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians move away from their homes in remote or rural communities to participate in further education elsewhere.
During the past seven years, Shepparton has hosted Indigenous students from every state and territory in Australia.
The program provides safe and supported accommodation at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s William Orr campus and education and training at the University of Melbourne’s Academy of Sport and Health.
Also included are mentors, gym passes, work placements, literacy and numeracy support and social activities.
Program co-ordinator Jacinta Traianidis said her main prerogative was to create more opportunities for the participants.
‘‘They get their skills and then they take them back home,’’ Mrs Traianidis said.
‘‘Shepparton’s been really lucky to host these kids because it enriches our community.’’
Mrs Traiandis said the participants also benefited from Shepparton’s highly connected and supportive Indigenous community.
Each of them is encouraged to play sport and many of them play football or netball for Rumbalara Football Netball Club.
‘‘The big part for them is that our community is so strong here — we’ve been able to take them on and embrace them and involve them,’’ she said.
‘‘Having that cultural exchange is really lovely.’’
Mrs Traiandis said the Shepparton program had the potential to reach out to young people across Australia.
‘‘They go away and their cousins might see them going on a plane, succeeding, and that spurs them on,’’ she said.
‘‘It encourages their whole community to succeed.’’
For more stories on the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program, see today’s News.
Children are believed to still be on a bus that was involved in a crash on Benalla Rd in Shepparton this afternoon.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Hellrazor has crossed first to win the 2014 Barrie Beehag event on Saturday.
Rochester Secondary College student Georgia Mundie will perform at an Equitana exhibition in Melbourne.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Two new Neighbourhood Safer Places for the Pyalong and Tooborac communities have been announced.
Runners from the Sri Chinmoy Peace Oneness-Home Peace Run visit local students to share message of goodwill.
Deniliquin’s Luke Harrington is hoping to start a horse riding club for people with a disability.
South African course builder Brian Lavery, now based in Melbourne, set a testing track for the Hunter Group World Cup Showjumping Qualifier on Saturday that brought some of the sport’s big names undone.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.