To support and encourage young Queenslanders from challenging communities to stay in school, seek employment and further training and as a result become a leader within their community.
The Queensland Reds Indigenous Program (QRIP) was established in 2010. Initially delivered into the Mornington Island and Doomadgee communities, the program has continued to expand and now delivers state-wide to encompass the remote communities of Yarrabah, Woorabinda, Cherbourg, Lockhart River and Pormpuraaw as well as significant program delivery within our urban areas.
Closely aligned to the Closing the Gap commitment by the Federal Government to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians, in particular providing a better future for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children, QRIP was developed with a charter ’to support and encourage young Indigenous Queenslanders to stay in school, seek employment and further training and as a result become a leader within their community’.
With a generational support approach to programming, QRIP provides the below :
Community Development Program: delivered through the communities of Cherbourg, Woorabinda, Yarrabah, Lockhart River and Pormpuraaw to encourage school attendance, education and healthy and active lifestyles.
Reds Future Indigenous Leaders Program: aims to encourage and support students from the communities of Cherbourg, Yarrabah and Woorabinda, who have demonstrated consistency in attendance, showed improvement in learning and achieved excellence in performance both inside and outside the classroom.
Reds Generation Next: working with Year 11 and Year 12 students across South and Central Qld to assist and support them with the school to work or further education transition.
Employment Strategy: commitment to identify and support employment initiatives for Indigenous Australians
Queensland Reds Indigenous Program Scholarship: awarded to selected participants of the Reds Future Indigenous Leaders Program, the Queensland Reds Indigenous Program Scholarship supports our commitment to a brighter future for young Indigenous Queenslanders. The scholarship focuses on providing a world-class education and career opportunities while developing the core values of Leadership, Teamwork, Commitment, Pride, Culture and Community in our leaders of tomorrow.
St.George Queensland Reds Indigenous Round: in 2012 the Queensland Rugby Union became the first State Union in Australia to celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage with a nominated match in the season.
Through the Reds Foundation, Queensland Rugby also works closely with the Pasifika Communities within Queensland, providing pathways and nurturing talent in the important growth corridors in and around Brisbane.
Queensland Reds Indigenous Program
- 1200+ students participate in the St.George Rookies2Reds School Attendance Program annually
- Over 200 students from Year 6 – Year 13 (first year post school) benefit from individual mentoring support each year
- 160 participants have graduated from the program, with:
• 100% graduating Year 12
• 93% successfully transitioned to employment or further education (22% above State Average)
- 2014 Queensland Reconciliation and 2015 Lord Mayor’s Awards Finalist
Identified as a future leader with great potential, Allister is on the path to success. His commitment to himself and his community will see change for generations to come.
Growing up in Darwin before applying for a scholarship to attend St.Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly, Latiesha was introduced and signed up for the Reds Generation Next Program.
AUSTRALIAN SPORTS FOUNDATION
All donations are administered by the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) for the purposes of Reds Foundation. Funds are granted to Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) by the ASF under a strict acquittal process to ensure the funds are used for the purposes identified at the time of donation. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible under the ASF guidelines.
As part of QRU’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan a dedicated workforce will continue to ensure the delivery
of all Reds Foundation initiatives.
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