Supporting First Nations communities in 2022

Thank you for helping us partner with First Nations Australians as they drive meaningful change.

Supporting First Nations communities in 2022

Thank you for helping us partner with First Nations Australians as they drive meaningful change.


By supporting our Australia First Nations Program, you’re assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to create positive and lasting change.  

You’re helping young First Nations people to gain strength from their culture and stand tall. You’re supporting them to develop important skills and become the next generation of First Nations leaders.  


The Young Mob program successfully piloted a community-based implementation model in the Hunter Valley. Branching out from schools, this opened opportunities for “both-ways” learning to a wider cross-section of First Nations children and young people.

Young Mob leaders experienced the program’s first multi school on-country trip since the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a special occasion enabling students from different schools to come together and celebrate a year of learning and personal growth.  

In the West Kimberley, young people taking part in IMPACT Clubs completed eight service-learning projects. While giving back to their communities, they gained valuable life skills to stand them in good stead for the future.   



Playgroup bush trip

Children attending a playgroup bush trip

Young Mob is a positive youth development program that equips participants – aged 10-20 years – with cultural knowledge and values. This supports them in building a positive identity and essential life skills. 

The program features learning activities in schools, communities and on country, led by First Nations facilitators using a First Nations learning approach. Young people involved in the program are referred to as leaders, and some participate in camps, road trips and cultural exchanges. 

A highlight for 2022 was a community-based pilot program run in partnership with local health service providers in the Hunter Valley. The pilot engaged local children and young people in a hybrid Young Mob program focused on culture, identity and living healthy lives.


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First Nations young people took part in Young Mob sessions. 



Young Mob sessions were delivered in seven schools in Sydney and the Hunter Valley.  



Schools sent Young Mob leaders to an on-country learning trip on the NSW Central Coast.


Episodes were created for an online learning series led and produced by Young Mob participants. 


Unlock Literacy activity

Local children reading over the new Bush Foods Book

IMPACT Clubs support young people to develop skills, behaviours and attitudes necessary to make positive community contributions and enter employment and education pathways.

Groups of 10-15 young people aged 10-18 meet weekly for two to three hours to build skills in teamwork, communication, decision making, problem solving and conflict resolution. Clubs are facilitated by adult role models. They support young people to connect with their communities and take charge of their futures.

IMPACT Club members from Derby and Mowanjum took part in eight community-focused service-learning projects throughout the year, including a Derby clean-up initiative, a car wash and celebrations for NAIDOC week.

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Young people actively engaged in IMPACT Clubs during 2022 in the West Kimberley region.



Team building sessions were held for IMPACT Club members.


Community-focused service-learning projects were conducted.


Excursions took place, including cultural trips shared with local community leaders. 


Australia First Nations program play group

Children at an Australia First Nations program play group

Intergenerational bush trips enable younger generations to learn from their Elders, and Elders to exercise their important role in nurturing children.

In 2022, Young Mob participants produced seven episodes of their online learning series, Ani-gunya Mittigar. Each episode follows one of the Young Mob learning themes, which range from identity and culture to strong spirit, health, goals, social justice, community contribution and public speaking.


Ani-gunya Mittigar means “welcome friends” in the Wonnarua and Dharug languages, which are local to the areas where Young Mob operates. Originally created to help young people remain connected and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the series highlights the strength of First Nations people.

For each instalment, a Young Mob leader interviews a prominent First Nations person. Before recording the interviews, Young Mob leaders attended a preparation workshop. They learnt about why research is important, how to find reliable information and how to structure an interview.

They also learnt interviewing skills such as introductions, having pre-prepared questions and demonstrating good body language and listening. Then they practised these skills through role play.

In nominating themselves to conduct interviews, the Young Mob leaders displayed their leadership and eagerness to take up new opportunities. The web series is a beautiful example of participants achieving Young Mob’s overarching goals: engaging confidently with the world and having strong connections within and across their culture and communities.