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Indigenous Advancement

The St George Illawarra Dragons are committed to reconciliation and to promoting greater understanding of Aboriginal cultures and indigenous advancement within our catchment and the wider community. 

The overall aim of the Dragons indigenous mentoring programs is to engage young indigenous children in a love of learning. St George Illawarra players assist students with School2Work work and participate in various activities.  Proudly supported by the NRL.

What is the School2Work (S2W) program?

The S2W program is an education and employment program that utilises the positive profile of the game of rugby league to support and encourage young indigenous Australians to stay at school, get a job, and be a legend for themselves, their families and their communities.

S2W is a combined initiative of the 10 NRL clubs including the St George Illawarra Dragons, the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the National Rugby League.

S2W provides young Indigenous Australians with work experience, mentoring and leadership opportunities to ensure they successfully complete school and transition into further study, training or meaningful employment.

The S2W program is backed by an exceptional team of NRL players, staff, community, government and business supporters.

Why was the School2Work program formed?

In 2012 four NRL Clubs joined forces to deliver the S2W Program to address the Australian Government's key 'Closing the Gap' targets for indigenous students in Western Sydney.

They are:

  • To halve the gap for indigenous students in year 12-equivalent attainment by 2020, and;
  • To halve the gap in employment outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians within a decade.

The Dragons became involved in the program for the first time in 2015.

Jervis Bay School program

The St George Illawarra Dragons, in conjunction with the University of Wollongong, have committed to assist students at Jervis Bay Public School and the wider Wreck Bay community.