Within Sharks Have Heart we deliver Indigenous educational programs that create opportunity and address some of the challenges faced by young Indigenous people on their journey from education to employment and adult life.

Sharks Have Heart education-based programs focus on engaging, educating and inspiring young Indigenous people 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)

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Deadly Choices

 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 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. 

School 2 Work

Focus: Successfully completing school.

Audience: Male and female Indigenous 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. 

Sharks Tomorrow Stars

Focus: A strategic program aimed at delivering stage/age appropriate career information based on students’ academic levels and career interests.

Audience: Female indigenous students from years 7-12 throughout the Sutherland Shire.

Delivery: Delivered by committed, qualified teachers and careers counsellors, who have extensive experience working with indigenous students. Students participate in a range of individualised careers based activities, which enable them to navigate and plan the most appropriate, realistic post school pathways. During the program students develop an individualised transition plan and network with representatives from universities, TAFE and industry.

Outcome: Empowering over 150 students to date with relevant career knowledge, enabling them to make realistic and meaningful choices for their futures. 

Kick Start

Focus: Improve attendance rates in high school and a reduction in crime rates of those offending. 

Audience: Young males between 13 and 16 years of age who participate in at risk behaviours and criminal offences.

Delivery: Running over 18 weeks, participants are taken for a weekly fitness session, and are also provided with a healthy breakfast, then dropped off at school. Each participant is provided with a mentor. 

Outcome: Promoting the benefits of sport and recreation to over 50 indigenous students and creating a positive lifestyle and behavioural change by motivating and setting goals for the future.

Footy Fever

Focus: To encourage young people to set positive goals for themselves, plan for the future and develop their engagement skills.

Audience: Indigenous males that are either being case managed by PCYC Police or who are identified by the nominated schools as youth at risk.

Delivery:  It is a 10-week program where each week a different presenter will cover topics such as anger management, drugs and alcohol, healthy eating, crime avoidance.

Outcomes: This program aims to have a positive impact in these young lives by seeing a healthier way to live with positive life choices and experiences. 

Repair to Ride

Focus: To engage indigenous students from low socio-economic backgrounds, through teamwork.

Audience:  Year 7-10, indigenous male students.

Delivery: Developed with Endeavour High School, the program teaches students to repair and recondition old and broken bikes, which are donated to local community service organisations. The students will be mentored along the way and their behaviours and progress monitored.

Outcome: Engages over 30 students, to learn new hands on skills, while encouraging student learning and development though active participation 

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