The St George Illawarra Dragons recently hosted the 2018 Festival of Indigenous Rugby League Youth Summit participants from the South Coast region at WIN Stadium.
The Dragons representatives Morgan Blakeney, Maya Wills and Tarlay Trindall were introduced to the club School 2 Work project officer Scott Morgan, Dragons NRL player Josh Kerr and community manager Paul Everill.
They were given a tour of the training facilities at WIN Stadium as well as around the media quarters.
Josh provided the participants insight into the importance of their culture and spoke about how to embrace this opportunity to be proud of who they are as they represent the community and their families next week at the Festival of Indigenous Rugby League Celebrations in Sydney.
Morgan, Maya and Tarlay have all been selected to represent the Dragons at the summit as they have been identified by their school community as leaders of the future and representatives for the NRL School 2 Work program.
The NRL School 2 Work Program with the support of the Dragons and the federal government continue to support real change for Indigenous students as they make the challenging transition from year 12 onto further education and employment.
The commitment to promote and support these programs and work towards closing the gap in Indigenous employment and education outcomes is making real change in the community.