Date: June 23, 2021
The Big Dreams program also known as Buldau Yioohgen provides a warm, welcoming, and culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to connect with their community, strengthen their cultural identity, and think big and beyond their current life circumstances.
So far, 33 Indigenous youth (and their families) participated in the ongoing program (exceeding target of 18). 100% of students engaged in school or further education. 52 students and 17 mentors/staff attended Hike to Higher Education in Maria Island, Tasmania, with near half of students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. 91% of Hike to Higher Education young people surveyed at said they would now consider University or a trade as an option post Year 12, versus 58% before the hike. 6 young people and two family members attended the Lorne Family Camp.
The Lyone Foundation Funding will also assist in an exciting development to make Atrium Place, located in inner eastern Melbourne, the cultural centre and home of Buldau Yioohgen. It a huge achievement for the program with the site set to become a place to meet and gather, and a focal point for cultural learning programs which share the vast history, culture and diversity of indigenous communities. It marks a turning point for the program, and creates a platform and profile which will assist with access and reach to more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth needing cultural support. The funding will also assist the program in purchasing a new bus!