A Leader’s First Steps

Gauai Wallace Jnr is learning what it means to become a good leader and hopes to use these skills to better serve the nation’s Indigenous communities.

Apply now for 2021!

The Cape York Leaders Program - Academic Secondary Leaders phase is now accepting applications for 2021! The Academic Leaders phase offers scholarships and support to assist talented Indigenous students enter credible academic institutions and graduate with a standard...

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...

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...

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...

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tour

For their Term 3 Term Event, our Secondary Academic Leaders from Djarragun College and Peace Lutheran College were lucky enough to do a Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours at Kuyu Kuyu (Cooya Beach). These are the traditional fishing grounds of the Kuku Yalanji...

Exploring University Pathways

Katherine from The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James - Townsville is very determined to make her dream of becoming a Veterinarian a reality. She is already studying her Certificate in Vet Assistance and doing work experience at the Townsville Vet Clinic. At the...

Becoming More

Cape York Leaders Program is committed to ensuring our young leaders become more. All Leaders in Years 10, 11 and 12 undertake transition planning with the Transition and Mentoring Coordinator. Bernard works with each student to identify a career path, put strategies...

Education doesn’t end with the final year of high school

All Senior Academic Leaders undertake transition planning with the Mentoring and Transition Coordinator, Bernard Sabadi. Students are encouraged to visit universities and attend information sessions and events throughout their final year of school in order to gain an...

Help Them Be More

Cape York Leaders Program is seeking passionate, committed, empathetic, inspiring and honest mentors. Our leaders are based in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns. Join us, and together we can realise the dreams of our young people and...

The Academic Leaders phase offers scholarships and support to assist talented Indigenous students enter credible academic institutions and graduate with a standard of excellence.

Academic Leaders are offered scholarships to attend secondary schools and tertiary institutions across Queensland while receiving intensive support from dedicated CYLP staff.

CYLP is supported by an Indigenous Steering Committee, populated by current and alumni members. The Steering Committee plays a central role in assisting CYLP staff to ensure the program remains relevant and continues to provide high-quality support to Leaders.

Setting Expectations

We expect the best from students and their parents. Both students and parents sign a binding agreement upon entry to the Program, which holds them to a high standard of behaviour and commitment to education.

Leadership Camps and Workshops

Academic Leaders attend CYLP camps and workshops, which offer them a chance to network with other students on the Program so that they can learn and achieve together.

Individualised support

Academic Leaders receive ongoing, holistic support from a team of dedicated Student Support Officers. Based in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns, Student Support Officers provide emotional and practical support to students and their families; liaise with academic institutions, arrange tutoring and academic assistance; identify employment opportunities and assist students with their transition to tertiary education or to enter the workforce.

Involvement in School Life

Students are encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities including sporting teams, music groups, dance troupes and more. CYLP also strongly encourages students to become involved in leadership roles within their school and community.