Indigenous youth resilience programs

Video Introduction to George’s Story.

Video of participants introducing Nola’s Diary in remote indigenous school.

Finalist Best eINCLUSION Australian Multi-media Award
ClientQueensland Health and LifeTec
ScopeTwo indigenous youth advocacy programs

Building resilience through online scenarios.

Queensland Health and LifeTec are committed to resilience in remote indigenous Australian communities.

Rural, remote indigenous youth received two online interactive programs, 2001 – 2003, to promote the resilience required for youth to continue education and undertake professional training and work in their adulthood. In doing so they would add community capacity for future health and wellbeing in their own communities.

Program 1:  George’s Story, 2003

Delivered to secondary students to promote indigenous youth to work in the health professions and bring these to their own rural, remote communities.

 

Program 2: Nola’s Diary, 2001

Students in remote primary school are introduced to the character “Nola”.  Nola is afraid to re-locate to a regional center to undertake her secondary schooling.

 

Challenge

The audiences were reluctant participants in formal education and engaging with the topics.
There were few existing opportunities for indigenous conversation between remote isolated communities.

Outcomes

The solutions:

Blending face to face workshops with online ‘docu-drama’ interactive drip fed programs, provided greater impact than solo workshops.

Participant’s self-esteem and self-confidence improved.

Provided a safe environment for peers to discuss sensitive issues.

Online networking shifted attitudes and developed student’s own support system.

Education was promoted as a doable means towards gaining employment and life success.