A group of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students from Australia and New Zealand are taking part in the 2015 NRL All Stars Indigenous Youth Summit on the Gold Coast this week.
The 60 students from a wide range of backgrounds include four Wests Tigers participants from the successful School to Work Program.
Wests Tigers are proud to have students Jade Buggy Kennedy, Jacklyn Connor, Thomas Marshall and Jai French taking part in the summit, with all four currently taking part in the School to Work Program.
Kennedy, Connor, Marshall and French visited Wests Tigers training last week before heading to the Gold Coast, spending time with the team at Concord Oval.
The students have a busy schedule ahead of them, including cultural sessions with both the Indigenous and NRL All Stars squads, participation in a 'job application' workshop, vying for the title of All Stars Youth Ambassador, and attending a session at Griffith University, where they will both explore tertiary study options and meet a number of current Indigenous university students.
NRL Ambassadors Preston Campbell, Jharal Yow Yeh and Nathan Merritt will also spend time with the students throughout the week. The four day camp will then finish with attendance at the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match, where they will take part in the on-ground activities at Cbus Super Stadium.
NRL Head of One Community, Adam Check said, “The Youth Summit brings together students from all walks of life.”
“This is a great opportunity for the group to get to know their peers from other areas across Australia and New Zealand and to learn from our Indigenous and NRL All Stars players and coaches as well as program mentors and their own peers.
“All workshops are hands on and interactive, ensuring a fun and engaging method for learning such important concepts and they are skills which they can continue to develop as they enter the final stages of their schooling and tertiary education.”