Months of hard work paid off for 18 students on Sunday as they graduated from Storm’s School to Work program at AAMI Park.
Celebrating as Storm defeated Wests Tigers at home in Round 16, 18 of the program’s participants got a unique experience at AAMI Park as they completed the program which commenced mid last year.
The School to Work transition program was developed in response to research demonstrated that Aboriginal youth who had not found employment or training pathway six months after leaving school, had a significant higher chance of being unemployed in the long term.
Students who engage in the program receive assistance in career planning and mentoring, relevant work experience and employment opportunities. They also get the chance to participate in cultural activities and attend Storm games, training sessions and interacting with the Club’s players.
To be part of the program, students need to be seeking a post school career or education pathway, have a great attitude and be respectful and willing to learn.
Sunday was a way of rewarding the graduates and others in the program by getting a real game day experience which included watching the players warm up on field, being presented to the crowd and forming a guard of honour as they players ran out for kick-off.