The St George Illawarra Dragons and University of Wollongong (UOW) joined forces to develop the Energise program for Year 11 students in 2016. The Energise program is focused on inspiring students to set long-term education and career goals, discover pathways to achieve them, develop strong study skills, build resilience, overcome challenges and become confident leaders.

Now in its 3rd year, the program has been expanded to include high schools situated around the UOW SW Campus in Liverpool.

Both the UOW and the Dragons were very impressed with program content and the very positive feedback from students and teachers that followed.

...today’s Energise program will help students incorporate concepts and initiatives into their leadership skills.

Bernadette Harvey - Teacher

ENERGISE - St George District

Participants: 12 high schools / 110 students

Presentations: Brian Johnston (CEO St George Illawarra Dragons), Ben Creagh (Former Dragons Captain), Sarah Tillott (Dragons Early Childhood Education Ambassador), Adam Bezzina (Dragons Community Manager), Marlee Silva (AIME Co-CEO 2016)

ENERGISE – Liverpool Campus

Participants: 15 high schools / 140 students

Presentations: Dan Hunt (St George Illawarra Dragons Ambassador), Adam Bezzina (Dragons Community Manager), Ammy Lewis (UOW Law International Studies graduate), Nicole Smith (UOW Careers Consultant)

Teacher Bernadette Harvey said, "It has been a really good day. A lot of our students have been accepted into leadership programs, and today's Energise program will help students incorporate concepts and initiatives into their leadership skills. I see it being of great value in their involvement with our school's 'Junior Leaders' program."