Date: June 23, 2021
Buldau Yioohgen’s ‘Big Dreams’ Youth Leadership Academy and Work Experience Program achieved some fantastic results for young people over the last 12 months – with their team remaining unperturbed by pandemic restrictions and event cancellations that continue to plague Victoria.
Darrango yan-dhan is designed to be a culturally safe place where young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can come together to connect; access cultural support and advice; and meet with Elders and other respected members of the Aboriginal community. This allows young people and their families to progress as centre’s activities ramp up and the team prepare to look for a more permanent home.
The Lyone Foundation funding assisted with the purchase of the new Buldau Yiooghen Bus which is now operational and booked for numerous events and pick-ups as Victoria reopens from lockdown. The bus will transport approximately 30 Aboriginal children and families to the centre each week from various locations across the state. The charity has also been fortunate to secure five new volunteer bus drivers who will pick up groups attending the centre – a great bonus for the program.
Weaving in and out of lockdowns and contending with an extended lockdown has meant work placements remain on hold however, they remain committed to undertaking the estimated 65 work placements or paid work opportunities for students until June 2022. Placements will come via Anglicare Victoria, The Long Walk, and Tennis Australia (TA). This includes 50 paid work positions for Buldau Yioohgen participants in the next Australian Open.