Celebrating our Talent Pool youth on International Youth Day

12 August 2020

Today is International Youth Day, a day introduced by the United Nations to offer an opportunity to raise awareness of the need to ensure the engagement and participation of youth in all areas of society. The theme of International Youth Day 2020 is “Youth Engagement for Global Action".

Royal Life Saving WA is proud to be working within many Western Australian communities to ensure the effective engagement of Aboriginal youth as part of our Talent Pool Program. Talent Pool is about fun, friends, fitness and first-time employment. Royal Life Saving WA believes our greatest resource is our young people across Western Australia, which is why we have invested in this innovative training and employment program that provides a springboard for Aboriginal young people wanting to take action and achieve employment in the aquatics industry.

Recently a group of our Talent Pool participants attended the week-long Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Festival and Summit of 2020 hosted by the University of Western Australia. The Summit highlighted the importance of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people walking together to achieve social justice within our communities. The festival brought together Aboriginal leadership, Academics, senior government, and business leaders as a collective to discuss and examine how to end the social and economic disparity for first nations people in WA.

Talent Pool Program Coordinator, Pida Bule-Turner, joined a group of her Talent Pool members in attending several sessions throughout the week, led by a panel of festival leaders and First Nations Elders, examining the issue of social and economic disparity, looking at examples of best practice in service delivery, and engaging in discussions about how to facilitate a process of co-design, promote accountability, and move to a system of outcome driven service delivery.

Royal Life Saving WA youth had an opportunity to meet with pre-eminent WA Leaders including Dr Richard Walley, Professor Collen Hayward, Professor Noel Nannup and many more Aboriginal leaders and Elders. Their attendance at this important event was facilitated through a partnership between Royal Life Saving WA and the Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (PAV). Cissy Remirez, PAV Member & Member for the WA Department of Communities Cultural Council, and her daughter Danielle Thurlow, made it possible for our youth to attend.

It was a great opportunity for the youth members of the Talent Pool program to be a part of the discussion for making a measurable difference in the Western Australia and Royal Life Saving WA is extremely grateful for Cissy and Danielle’s assistance in making this a reality for our young people.

If you would like to find out more about our Talent Pool Program and how you can get involved, please visit the link below.

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