Young Mob

Young Mob


Young Mob

Working with schools to promote confident and culturally proud First Nations youth through a positive youth development approach


World Vision Australia's Young Mob Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Young Mob works with communities where we are invited, our aim is to respond to individual school and local community needs and align to priorities to make a collective contribution. 
Young Mob employs, trains and strengthens local people. Facilitators range in age, knowledge and skills. The team have links to local community, land and culture and are staff, elders and members of the community.
Young Mob includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth from 10 to 20 years old. This means youth taking part include primary school leaders from Year 5 up to second-year tertiary leaders, trainees or workers.

The core method of teaching and learning is yarning. Other ways of learning that emerge from this yarning include:  country/place, ritual/meaning, visual/hands-on, observe/listen, respect/strong spirit and story/memory. 

 

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There are three different streams:

  1. Introductory Young Mob (ages 10-12)
  2. Intermediate Young Mob (ages 12-16)
  3. Advanced Young Mob (ages 16-20)

 

1. INTRODUCTORY YOUNG MOB

  • FOCUS: School years 5-6 and/or introductory intensives with particular groups. Introductory can also work well for year 7 students
  • An Indigenous young person shows interest in YM and is placed in YM by the hosting school, community or organization with parent/carer permission.
  • The young leader then makes a commitment to fully engage and participate in YM activities.

This stream may be more appropriate for certain contexts e.g. organisations that prefer a reduced version of the program.

 

2. INTERMEDIATE YOUNG MOB

  • FOCUS: Years 7-10. Students can participate without prior experience of YM.
  • An Indigenous young person either self-selects or is invited by the school, community or organisation that is hosting YM and has permission from parent/carer to participate.
  • The young leader makes a commitment to initiate a YM journey and fully engage and participate in YM activities and to take up other leadership and/or learning and earning opportunities supported by YM.
  • The intermediate program is the full 10 sessions and a camp.

Students may participate multiple times between years 7-10. An experienced facilitator will tailor the program accordingly.

 

3. ADVANCED YOUNG MOB

  • FOCUS: This stream is intended for young people in Year 10 and above
  • An Indigenous young person has generally completed Intermediate YM and self-nominates or is
    invited to join Advanced Young Mob. They may be new to the program however and may commence at the Advanced level without having completed Intermediate.
  • The Advanced leader makes a commitment to fully engage and participate in YM activities, contribute to their community and take up other leadership and/or learning and earning opportunities. They may have to participate in some activities after school or on the weekend.

A student who nominates to be a part of Advanced YM must first complete the Intermediate YM.

  1. Identity
  2. Culture
  3. Strong Spirit
  4. Yarning and Storytelling
  5. Indigenous Resilience
  6. Social Justice
  7. Health
  8. Goal Setting
  9. Community Contribution and
  10. Public Speaking. 
Young Mob has a long history and a big future. The success of Young Mob is seen in its story: Young Mob started in 2006 at Redfern Community Centre – ‘The Block’ and now has grown to be part of 22 schools in Sydney, Hunter Valley and Melbourne regions and we are continuing to grow.
Young Mob is in the city, the regions and out bush. Activities happen at schools, day forums, road trips, camps and exchange trips. Young Mob programs offer experiences to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Urban New South Wales and Victoria.

“Young Mob is like a part of you, it becomes another half of yourself and what you are…It helps you every day. It gives me the urge to become a better person and change what I’m doing to become that better person.” 

[Young Mob leader from Sydney] 


“This experience makes you feel like you’re belonging and you’re more connected to your culture…it really grounds you. I approach things a lot more maturely now because I have the knowledge of things, like to think simpler, because that’s what Indigenous people used to do. That helps a lot – complicated things…just do it the simple way. It helps me be more relaxed and everything.” 

[Young Mob leader from Sydney]

 

“Over the past couple of months I feel more confident within myself. I’ve been going to my classes and doing my work and staying focused. Young mob has been a big help for me. Young Mob is important to me because I talk to more people and make new friends, I’m not as shy as I was. Being on a Young Mob camp helped me connect with my culture and it is part of who I am and who I am becoming as an Aboriginal person.” 

[Year 7 leader after participating in Intermediate Young Mob] 

 

“In school and other places people judge you for being Aboriginal”… “People stereotype you” … “In Young Mob there is belonging. It’s fun”…“It feels positive”…“It’s a safe place”

[Group of leaders discussing what happens in Young Mob]

 

“I had a meeting with a fellow principal recently and he spoke about the Young Mob Leaders Program and how positive it has been for leaders at the school…we would love the opportunity for our leaders and staff to access this program”

[Principal]

 

“The kids were happy when Young Mob started up again. They always ask if Mark and Tash [facilitators] are coming. The feedback that they give me is, that Young Mob gives them their identity… gives them confidence in leadership, public speaking, being proud of their culture and accepting who they are…You just have to look into their eyes to see how proud they are and the sense of belonging that they feel, going places that they would never go or see”

[Teacher]

 
To successfully run a Young Mob program at your school, there will need to be contributions from your school, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in the local community and World Vision.
 
World Vision partners and coordinates with the Elders and leaders from the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to provide: 
  • trained and vetted facilitators, support and learning materials
  • the coordination and facilitation of all sessions and beyond school activities (this is free for the young people attending)
  • reviews and monitors the program, including annual progress evaluation, which is also provided to schools and families
School provides:
  • collection of permission notes for the program and extension activities 
  • a key contact that can coordinate Young Mob requirements within the school and a teacher for in-school sessions and extension activities in line with state duty of care 
  • a room or space which can be consistently used for Young Mob 
  • the ability to schedule Young Mob sessions into the school program e.g. 1.5-2 hour weekly or fortnightly sessions 
  • data that supports monitoring of program impact and change
 
If you have a cohort of around 12-15 Indigenous leaders in a similar age group and are passionate about their development, then Young Mob may suit your school. 
 
World Vision appreciates that schools often have their own local objectives and may have existing programs for Indigenous leaders. 
 
For this reason, we are committed to where possible tailoring a program which complements your school’s existing initiatives in a bid to effect collective positive change. 

Our Young Mob program partners with local Indigenous organisations and communities to give young Indigenous people a hands-on opportunity to connect with culture.

Our current partners in NSW and Victoria are First Hand Solutions whose approach is: 

  • Hands on solutions - we work from the grass roots
  • Hand free solutions - we believe that empowerment comes from people being empowered by the possibility of change within
  • Hands together solutions - we work in partnership to make a difference to peoples lives
  • My hands - we work together with Aboriginal people to show them how to put their future in good hands - their own

 


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Janaya, proud young Bundjalung woman.

“Being Indigenous is just the best thing ever..we are the oldest living culture on Earth and after what we’ve been through and what we’ve done it’s just amazing. When I come to Young Mob, that’s when I learn and understand more about my culture”. - Janaya, proud young Bundjalung woman.


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What is Young Mob?

 

A program for young First Nation people to build:

  1. Pride in culture
  2. Respect for self and others
  3. Readiness for opportunity

 

How does Young Mob build stronger spirits? Click on the above to learn more


If we don’t learn about our culture, it will die out - Lachlan

Where is Young Mob available?

Young Mob programs offer experiences to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Urban New South Wales and Victoria.

It connects them with their culture and reinforces their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Identity. Helping them to become stronger within themselves and within their culture, so they are proud First Nations people who can take on life’s challenges with confidence.


Connection to Culture

Stronger connections to culture has a proven impact on Aboriginal young people taking up new opportunities in study, work and their communities by strengthening their self-esteem and resilience.

“I approach things a lot more maturely now because I have the knowledge of things, like to think simpler, because that’s what Indigenous people used to do. That helps a lot – complicated things…just do it the simple way. It helps me be more relaxed and everything.” Jordan from Hunter Valley reflecting on how learning “the old way” through Young Mob has impacted his daily life.

This experience makes you feel like you’re belonging and you’re more connected to your culture…it really grounds you - Jordan