Helping Western Sydney Indigenous kids to thrive

21 Aug 2017

The Young Indigenous Pathways Program (YIPP) is a partnership between Lendlease, National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) and AFL team Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Together, we are building opportunities for Western Sydney’s Aboriginal young people to achieve their potential. 

The Young Indigenous Pathways Program works with four high schools in Western Sydney to provide young Aboriginal students with training and education in life-skills, career development, healthy lifestyles and cultural identity. Through this we identify young people’s future goals and help them reach them. Since 2013, we are proud to say over 170 students have participated in the program.

Earlier this month, six students from the Young Indigenous Pathway Program were funded by Lendlease and Greater Western Sydney Giants to go to the Garma Festival in North-East Arnhem land in the Northern Territory. Garma Festival is a world class Indigenous festival, and YIPP students were given the opportunity to participate and learn from many cultural activities.

While at Garma, the kids also got a chance to spend time with the Lendlease team of Garma delegates where they shared stories around the campfire and played a game of touch footy.

To see the impact the Young Indigenous Pathways program is having, check out this video

Through our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Lendlease also partners with organisations such as CareerTrackers, AIME and Yalari, who are committed to supporting Indigenous Australians through high school, tertiary education and ultimately gain employment.

Helping Western Sydney Indigenous kids to thrive

YIPP students joining in a fireside yarn with Lendlease at Garma Festival, August 2017.