The Sharks will send four local students to the Indigenous Youth Summit on the Gold Coast, beginning on 18 February as a part of the NRL’s School to Work program.
Each NRL club sends four students from the program to take part in the leadership development camp each year, with School to Work providing mentorship, work experience and leadership opportunities to young Indigenous Australians.
The week- long camp shapes young leaders into developing the skills needed to make change in their community and place themselves in the best position for the transition from high school to further education or the workforce.
The camp also presents an opportunity to visit important cultural sites, make lasting friendships with other Indigenous students and reflect on all they have learnt throughout the program.
The students will participate in cultural and leadership workshops with students from across Australia, as well as enjoying a cultural exchange with students supported by the New Zealand Warriors.
The summit coincides with All-Star Week, with the students getting to experience the game between the Indigenous and Maori All Stars at Cbus Stadium on 22 February, while also enjoying the week’s cultural activities and lead-up.
The Sharks contingent includes Matteo Togo, Carlos Brennan, Hayley Smith and Emma Smith, who the Sharks are sure will be exemplar representatives for the Sutherland Shire.