Within Sharks Have Heart we deliver Indigenous educational programs that create opportunity and address some of the challenges faced by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on their journey from education to employment and adult life.
Sharks Have Heart education-based programs focus on engaging, educating and inspiring young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their families to positively influence and change behaviors, perceptions and habits. You can view our Indigenous programs snapshot HERE
These programs align with our current Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Focus: An initiative that aims to improve the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around living healthy lifestyles.
Audience: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Delivery: Deadly Choices incorporates a number of behaviour change programs to improve the health and well-being of the community. Activities include tobacco cessation and healthy lifestyle education programs, community events, sport and recreation inclusion, nutrition programs, leadership camps and social media engagement.
Outcome: To empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices for themselves and their families – to stop smoking, to eat good food and exercise daily.
Focus: Successfully completing school.
Audience: Male and female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students.
Delivery: One-on-one profiling session with a project officer to build Career Development Plans focused on career aspirations and personal goals. Students participate in educational, cultural and leadership workshops, while also given the opportunity to undertake work experience.
Outcome: To mentor and support students in high school, helping to provide job readiness and a smooth transition after school.
Results: 98% success rate.
80 year 10, 11 & 12 students in 2018.
Focus: A strategic program aimed at delivering age appropriate career information based on students’ academic levels and career interests.
Audience: Female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from years 7-12 throughout the Sutherland Shire.
Delivery: Students work with counsellors and participate in a range of individualised careers based activities, which enable them to navigate and plan the most appropriate, realistic post school pathways.
Outcome: Empowering over 150 students with relevant career knowledge, enabling them to make realistic and meaningful choices for their futures.
Results: 93% of students feel more confident in their ability to set goals for their future.
100% of students feel more motivated to learn.
93% of students have increased motivation to work hard at school.
Focus: To educate Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students about Aboriginal culture.
Audience: High school students, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.
Delivery: Presented by Elder Aunty Deanna Schreiber, the program teaches students about Aboriginal culture with a focus on traditional tools and items used for hunting, recreation, food gathering and music, while also showcasing traditional Aboriginal dance and painting.
Outcome: Bringing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students together by breaking down cultural barriers.