The first Indigenous learning and development program has been delivered in Bright, North East Victoria, to the Thamurrurr Indigenous Youth Corporation – translated in language for the trainees.

The program was about engaging trainees from the Thamurrurr Indigenous Youth Corporation in an introduction to social enterprise.  Exploring the definitions, values and purpose of social enterprise trainees were able to apply this knowledge to their own business planning process and delivery of their own social enterprise in Wadeye, Northern Territory.

The two-day program was delivered to a group of seven young people. The participants were aged between 17 and 25 years and are completing a 3-month residential leadership program based out of Bright, North East Victoria.

The hosts for the day, Justin and Rebecca Crawley , run the Wadeye Indigenous leadership program and have had an association with the Wadeye Community in the Northern Territory since 2003. They are members of the Thamurrurr Indigenous Youth Corporation and set up the Thathangathay Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of the indigenous people of the Thamarrur region in the Northern Territory through identifying and developing its future leaders.

Justin and Rebecca own and operate a social enterprise cafe, Dumu Café, in Bright that provides a vehicle for indigenous youth trainees from Wadeye with the opportunity to learn the skills of the hospitality and retail industry.

The young people involved in the program receive assistance completing their education, they undertake daily accelerated literacy support, complete first aid training and receive assistance in obtaining work related qualifications such as TAFE courses and industry specific competencies. While doing this, they also share their culture with schools in the region, strengthening their own cultural identity as well as gaining valuable cross-cultural learning experiences through their engagement with the local community.

We are incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity and to learn so much from the group. We hope that in the future we can work more closely with this community and continue to learn from each other and achieve amazing things together.