Thamarrurr Youth Indigenous Corporation (Formerly Thathangathy Foundation)
Developing future leaders for the remote Indigenous community of Wadeye.
At the time of pitching: The Thathangathay Foundation supports and develops future leaders for the remote Indigenous community of Wadeye by providing education, opportunity and choice. Participants are supported to capably walk in two worlds and develop as role models. As part of this, participants have the chance to gain practical culinary and business skills at Duma Balcony Cafe in Bright.
Funds raised: $36,670
At the April 2016 event in Melbourne presented by The Funding Network and Kindred Spirits Foundation, Thathangathay Foundation raised $36,670 to employ the education program's training manager, Wendy Grant.
Bernice Bitting is a 20 year old young lady from the remote Aboriginal Community of Wadeye who completed her Certificate II in Hospitality late last year through a traineeship program at Dumu Balcony Cafe in Bright. While training and working at the cafe she was also a role model for the younger students in the Thathangathay Education Program - and upon completion of her certificate Bernice returned to Wadeye where she has been one of the small percentage of young people her age actively employed, working at the Thamurrurr Development Corporation as an office assistant. She recently decided to return to Victoria to engage in more study towards Certificates III and IV.
Responsible for supporting retail and hospitality trainees from the Wadeye community, Wendy is improving the quality and number of young participants enrolled in TAFE Cert 2 in Hospitality and Retail and making a huge difference in their journey, gently building confidence and ability to maximise education and employment outcomes for these young people.
With more than 12 participants trained in the last 12 months, the education program is enjoying considerable success. Three trainees have completed the Certificate II in Hospitality and several others are well on their way to achieving the same. Thathangathay Foundation has also commenced training school based apprentices among the Wadeye kids attending Bright P-12 College.
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