The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program is helping to close the gap in Indigenous educational disadvantage through creating greater access to additional education choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, particularly those from remote and very remote areas across the country.

The official proceedings commenced over breakfast with the Minister, where Students received their IYLP Graduation Certificates in front of family members, other IYLP participants, partnership brokers and DEEWR staff.

Following breakfast, students’ toured the National Museum and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). The graduates spent the afternoon with the Reach Foundation for a leadership and goal setting workshop.

The day concluded with a dinner event where the crowd was entertained by Indigenous Comedian, Sean Choolburra followed by ‘Koorioke’.

The Cape York Leaders Program was well represented in the Koorioke session with Kia and Brittany Yeatman as well as Chevez Morton all singing a song each.

Family members also performed a few songs, with Leon Yeatman (Snr), David Miller and Melanie Walsh all belting out a few ballads.

All of these students deserve to be acknowledged and congratulated for achieving their graduation and they should be very proud of their efforts.

We appreciate the continuing support we receive, without which the success of the program and students achievements would not be possible.

We also acknowledge and thank the parents of the students on the program, extended families, Cape York Institute staff, DEEWR, Partner schools and External stakeholders for their continuing support.