Cape York Leaders Program is committed to empowering talented Indigenous leaders of the region to drive and own the Cape York Agenda, by providing them with the necessary leadership skills.

Apply now for 2020!

The Cape York Leaders Program - Academic Secondary Leaders phase is now accepting applications for 2020! The Academic Leaders phase offers scholarships and support to assist talented Indigenous students enter credible academic institutions and graduate with a standard...

Dereese steps into Leadership role

From Coen to Marist College Ashgrove, Dereese has been a part of the Cape York Leadership Program since 2015. Dereese is the older brother of two siblings and left home for the very first time at the age of 12 years old. He was a quiet individual, though managed to...

Thank-you James

James Fa'Aoso leads an all-Indigenous team under the Cape York Leaders Program. He is a product of the Program, being a member of the inaugural scholarship group in 2007. James has a strong affiliation to Cape York, through his mother with the communities Bamaga,...

Katherine on the Road to Success

The Cape York Leaders Program proactively supports students with their transition from Year 12 into the real world by ensuring students have all the necessary qualifications and tools to make the transition as easy as possible. Such was the case for Katherine from the...

Lamech and Bronson head to the National Rugby 7’s Tournament

Lamech and Bronson from The Rockhampton Grammar School recently travelled to Brisbane to play with the National Indigenous Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team at the National Rugby 7's tournament. The week consisted of training camp followed by games played over...

Sonai Caps Off a Stellar Year

Sonai capped off a stellar year at Djarragun College not only serving as their School Captain, winning the Senior Dux Award. Sonai has excelled and set a great example to her peers across both primary and high school. Sonai's contribution to the College has been...

CYLP Looks Forward to What 2019 has in Store

2018 has been a great year for CYLP, we have watched our leaders grow and inspire the people around them daily. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to another fantastic year in 2019.

Bobby wins Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Student Parliament

Bobby stepped it up in term 4 and earned himself due recognition by winning an award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Student Parliament. This was presented in front of the Cathedral Middle and Senior School assembly. He had worked hard consistently throughout the...

Students Share Experiences about Boarding Life

30 Year 6 students from Coen and Hope Vale made the trip down to Brisbane to part-take in week-long activities. This included visits to CYLP partner schools of Marist College Ashgrove and Brisbane Grammar School. The visiting students heard testimonies from current...

Our Leaders are Here Today

Cape York Leaders students speaking at the Cape York Summit this morning. “We are not the future leaders, we are the leaders.” - Kempo Tamwoy

Leaders Learn about Career Pathways

Cairns Secondary Academic Leaders had the opportunity to tour the HMAS Cairns Navy Base whilst the Patrol Boat HMAS Wollongong was docked. Navy officers Aaron Sexton and James Carroll gave our young leaders an exclusive tour of the HMAS Wollongong. The crew kindly...

Assan Spreads his Wings

CYLP Tertiary Leader Assan Sam has just completed his third year of a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at JCU: James Cook University, Australia. The soon-to-be graduate is applying his knowledge outside of the classroom and is spreading his wings and beginning...

Gabriel Creek is blazing a pathway

Skilling Leader Graduate and current CYLP Steering Committee Member Gabriel Creek is blazing a pathway way for people of Cape York to gain the skills and take it around the country. The Kalan Enterprises team member is now applying his skills in the Northern...

Davis Gains Work Experience with Kalan Enterprises

Davis is in year 10 at Marist College Ashgrove in Brisbane and is gaining valuable experience on his term breaks with the Land Management team at Kalan Enterprises. With a few short weeks left of school, Davis is looking forward to working with Kalan again over the...

Academic Leaders take on Extracurricular Activities

CYLP encourages our Academic Leaders students to take on extracurricular activities outside of their school and boarding life and helps students pay for sports gear and club registration fees. The girls from Peace Lutheran College and Djarragun College have taken up...

Stephen’s Success

Congratulations to Cape York Leaders Program 2017 Tertiary Academic Leader graduate, Stephen Minniecon. Stephen joined the program in 2006. He graduated from JCU: James Cook University, Australia in March with a Bachelor of Business, he commenced work at ATSICHS...

Final Term 4 Event

For our final Term Event for 2018, our Cairns Secondary Academic Leaders visited the Cairns Museum and viewed the amazing Indigenous artwork showcased in the City Centre just outside the Museum. Students were impressed with the artwork by CYLP graduate Teho Ropeyarn...

Proud Parents

Proud parent moment! Unfortunately, many of our parents miss out on their child's important events while they are at boarding school. Two of our CYLP mums from Mossman couldn't miss out on their daughters' dance recitals in Rockhampton on the weekend. Siannah and...

Kayla Scores Scholarship

CYLP Leader and Rockhampton Girls Grammar School student Kayla was thrilled to learn last week that she has been offered a scholarship to attend Bond University and undertake a three year Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science starting in 2019. Kayla has always been...

Health Careers on the Horizon

Soon-to-be Year 12 Graduate Sonai Mene aspires to become a paramedic in her home community of Yarrabah, and her fellow leaders Michael and Justinelle also aspire to forge a career path in the health field. CYLP are committed to supporting our young leaders in their...

Creating Strong Partnerships

CYLP are creating a strong partnership with Rio Tinto in Weipa. Our first group of Secondary Academic Leaders joined students from Lockhart River for a four-day Career Engagement Program. Ziphoria, Keilen and Jaidyn are interested in career pathways in the mining and...

Outstanding Achievement

Congratulations to Academic Leader Dereese Dewis who is in Year 11 at Marist College Ashgrove. Dereese was the only student in his year level to be awarded an Outstanding Achievement award for Cert III in Business, which recognises his commitment to his studies and...

Michael is Heading to San Diego

CYLP is thrilled to announce that Michael from Djarragun College was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2019 Global Youth Leadership Summit in San Diego. After attending the Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within conference in Sydney, Michael was selected on the basis...

The Ripple Effect

Our purpose is to ensure that our Cape York Leaders Program students are supported and receive the best start in their education. James, our General Manager for Leadership visited Stuartholme School (official)with Team Leader Tamara to meet with Principal Kristen...

Exploring the World of Work

This year, Katherine started a Cert II in Animal Studies through Central Queensland University. Part of the course requires work place experience one day per week in order to complete the industry hours. The Careers Advisor at the Cathedral School was able to organise...

Anthony and Marcia Head to Brisbane to Watch Their Son Graduate

Anthony and Marcia are proud of their son Waynead, who will be graduating from high school this year. Waynead is one of our Cape York Leaders Program Academic Leaders achieving great things at Marist College Ashgrove. Our O-Hub team assisted Anthony and Marcia to open...

Aiming High

Jaidyn earned the title of Age Champion at his school Columba inter-house sports day placing 1st in Javelin, 1st in Discus, 1st in Shotput, 1st in Long Jump, 3rd in High Jump, 1st for 200m, 2nd for 100m & 2nd for 800m. Jaidyn went on to represent Columba at the...

Term 3 Celebrations

At the end of Term 3, Djarragun College celebrated NAIDOC with a wide range of celebrations. School Captain Sonai led the Assembly and modelled fashion designed by Emma Ganai and inspired by traditional knowledge in the Torres Strait. Keilen worked diligently to set...

Time for Term 4

Congratulations on a wonderful Term 3 to our Academic leaders! Year 12 students Shaquoiah, Tarlia and Trinity were so excited to head home to spend the holidays with their families. Today saw the girls return to Clayfield College for their final six weeks of school....

Waynead Designs the Wik Kath Min Project Logo

Cape York Leaders Program is so proud of our Secondary Leader Waynead, who has designed the logo for the Wik Kath Min Project which is working to build a peaceful, integrated and empowered Aurukun. Waynead is in Year 12 at Marist College Ashgrove, and his story of...

It all started with leadership

The Cape York reforms over the past two decades were inspired by Indigenous people across the Cape standing up. In the early 1990’s, these brave individuals came together at a series of historic summits and agreed that they would band together and take responsibility for the futures of their communities. Without their leadership, none of the ground-breaking reforms would have happened. Reforms that have had profound and positive impact on the lives of thousands of individuals and their families. Reforms that have influenced national thinking and policy.

Cape York Leaders Program seeks to create, grow and nurture natural leadership qualities in its members, building their capabilities to orbit between two worlds.

Its key outcome for Indigenous members of Cape York to be equipped with the capabilities to participate in the real economy.

Our programs support and inspire leaders across four
leadership phases –