The St George Illawarra Dragons, in partnership with the NRL, have assisted over 20 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students realise their dream of graduating from high school and moving on to higher education or employment in 2020.
The NRL School 2 Work Program was launched in 2012; the St George Illawarra Dragons supporting the program since 2015
Since that time, hundreds of students have engaged in the program from 16 schools across the Illawarra and South Coast.
The Dragons 2019 Year 12 graduates attended a Dragons training session recently where Indigenous players Josh Kerr and Tristan Sailor as well as NRLW captain Kezie Apps presented students with their graduation certificates.
As well as receiving their certificate, students and their family members tried their hand at some traditional Indigenous games.
Students spend two or three years in the program, receiving one-on-one support and encouragement to achieve their HSC goals, as well as guidance in exploring and pursuing their career aspirations.
Students may have finished their high school studies, but they will continue to be supported by NRL School2Work Project Officer Michelle Wilson as they move into full-time work or study.
For more information, or to join the NRL School to Work program, contact Michelle Wilson on 0459 875 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.