The St George Illawarra Dragons recently hosted the 2019 NRL All Stars Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit participants from the South Coast region at WIN Stadium.
Dragons representatives Zippy Corser-Anu, Ruby Peterlin, Taylor Hawke and Brody Mitchell; along with local NRL School 2 Work project officer Michelle Wilson, spent time at the Dragons training session this week.
During their visit the group had the opportunity to meet Dragons NRL Indigenous All Stars representative Josh Kerr, as well as other current indigenous squad members Jai Field, Tristan Sailor and Jonus Pearson, in the lead up to the Youth Summit in Melbourne during NRL All Stars week.
Last year's participant, Maya Wills, was also on hand and provided current participants with insight into the importance of their culture, spoke about how to embrace this opportunity and encouraged them to be proud of who they are as they represent the community and their families in Melbourne next week.
Brody, Ruby, Taylor and Zippy have all been selected to represent the Dragons at the summit as they have been identified by their school community as future leaders and representatives for the NRL School 2 Work program.
With the support of the Dragons and federal government, the NRL School 2 Work Program continues to spark real change for Indigenous students as they make the challenging transition from year 12 onto further education and employment.