All Dragons Community programs are designed to suit the complex multicultural demographic that is our community.
On August 19, 2009, the Dragons signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Wollongong which has lead to the Dragons involvement in a number of important cultural activities in partnership with the Uni and developing relationships with local Indigenous communities.
In schools our cultural programs include health and fitness mentoring programs in selected schools with a high percentage of indigenous students. We support local Koori groups and NAIDOC activities as well as the ongoing development of rugby league in Fiji and most recently, Papua New Guinea.
A number of Dragons Community's Cultural programs are made possible thanks to the Indigenous All Stars funding.
Myimbarr Learning Centre:
In association with the University of Wollongong Dragons players Trent Merrin, Jamie Soward, Ben Creagh and Captain Ben Hornby are embracing their roles as mentors at the Myimbarr Learning Centre.
Joining AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) mentors, the players assist local indigenous students aged 8-17 years old with their school work. The players and mentors encourage the kids to develop a love of learning through the weekly meetings.
Pathways to Employment Program (Warrigal)
In conjunction with the University of Wollongong and the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation the Dragons to Pathways Employment program is a school based traineeship which involves our young players and young women in our community. A two year traineeship for Year 10, 11 and 12 students.
Jervis Bay Public School
In association with the University of Wollongong, the Dragons are utilising their profile to assist students at Jervis Bay to engage in literacy and numeracy.
Indigenous Kids Fun Days
In conjunction with the University of Wollongong and URAC, Dragons players assist in conducting these special holiday clinics.
Kemblawarra Public School
In 2009, Dragons Community announced its association with Kemblawarra Public School. Dragons staff and players are currently working with Kemblawarra staff, supporting educational and recreational programs.
NAIDOC, which stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee, is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.
Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week and Australians are encouraged to participate
In 2012, NAIDOC week will take place from July 1st - 8th.