Indigenous Youth Leadership Program

Without educational opportunities and role models from their own community, young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students may not realise the possibilities available to them.

With already poor rates of school attendance, many Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students from remote and very remote communities are at even higher risk, of leaving school early without access to opportunities that can inspire and motivate a student to stay in school.

These students often lack the educational opportunities that their non–indigenous peers take for granted.

Additionally, they rarely have positive role models from their communities, who can show them the difference an education can make to their future.


What is the program?

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The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students living in remote or very remote areas of Australia to attend a high performing secondary school (government and non–government, day and boarding) and / or university to complete Year 12 and / or an undergraduate degree.

The program contributes to the development of skills in leadership in a range of ways. Students are supported in their leadership journeys on personal, academic and professional levels. In 2017 The Smith Family supported 237 students to participate in the program.

Applications for IYLP 2020 Secondary Scholarship are now open

How does THE program help students?

The Commonwealth Government funded program aims to close the gaps in Indigenous educational disadvantage by creating greater access to additional education choice for Indigenous students, particularly those from remote and very remote areas of the country.

In addition to helping Indigenous students achieve their educational aspirations, the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program contributes to the development of a pool of positive role models and future leaders from Indigenous communities, to inspire other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and illustrate the successes that can be achieved through education.