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NRL Indigenous Youth Summit 2021

Four Melbourne Storm School to Work participants are doing the club proud at the annual Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit in Sydney this week, held in the lead up to NRL Indigenous Round this weekend.

Our Melbourne Storm representatives Shanice Siale (Hallam Senior College), Joziah Nannup (Hallam Senior College), Shekinah Upkett (Patterson River Secondary College) and Jeremiah Nannup (Fountain Gate Secondary College) boarded a plane at Tullamarine this morning for the five-day event.

The School to Work program encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to value their education and aspire to achieve meaningful employment, training or further education while embracing their unique culture and identity.

Each year, all 16 NRL clubs nominate four young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in Year 11 to attend the summit.

Melbourne Storm is extremely proud to be represented by four strong, passionate and upcoming leaders in the community.

For Jeremiah, the trip also marks the first time he's ever travelled on a plane.

"I'm really grateful for the opportunity to represent Storm and meet other young leaders," he said.

"The summit will be an opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills and learn from my peers and share my own knowledge.

"I've never been on a plane before, I'm excited about that too."

The Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit is an opportunity for participants to interact with other young leaders through a series of workshops, activities and discussions around leadership, culture, teamwork, positive perceptions and more.

Participants will continue to develop skills to become strong leaders within their respective communities.

The NRL School to Work program is funded and supported by the Australian Government.

If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact Lyndall Down via email or call 0459 874 170. Or find more info here. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.