The Sydney Roosters continue to support the NRL Indigenous School to Work program by sending three students to the annual NRL All Stars Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit.
The School to Work Program is an education and employment program that utilises the positive profile of the game of rugby league to support and encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to complete their schooling and successfully transition into further education or employment.
School to Work provides young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with work experience, mentoring and leadership opportunities that lead to a successful outcome.
Students from each NRL Club will have the opportunity to attend the All Stars Indigenous Youth Summit, a week-long summit run by Mirri Mirri, an Indigenous organisation that is designed to help all Australians improve their knowledge and awareness of Indigenous culture.
The summit enables participants to interact with other young leaders through a series of workshops, activities and discussions.
Participants will also have the opportunity to attend the All Stars game, scheduled to be played at AAMI Park on Friday, February 15.
The Sydney Roosters are proud to support Lakeisha Dargin, Riley Weatherall and Cameron Maher who will attend the Youth Summit as Roosters representatives.
The students are supported by Roosters and NRL School to Work Project Officer Jason Solomon and Kiera Jarrett.
Who is your Mob?
Lakeisha: My family are from Condobolin NSW, and I am a proud Kalari woman from the Wiradjuri Tribe now living on the Central Coast.
Cameron: I am a proud Kamilaroi man living on the Central Coast.
Riley: Kamilaroi people
Are you excited about the Youth Summit?
Lakeisha: I am very excited about the 2019 Indigenous Youth Summit in Melbourne. It will be a proud week for me to celebrate my culture and the Maori culture as one and am looking forward to meeting all the other participants and also NRL Players.
Cameron: Yes, I am excited about the Youth Summit and meeting new people from other communities as well as both teams playing.
Riley: I'm very excited for this years youth summit. I am involved in the Central Coast community and would love to experience the Youth Summit to bring back to my local cmunity to inspire the Indigenous Youth of the Central Coast.
Are you proud to represent the Roosters as the Youth Summit participants this year?
All: We are proud to represent the roosters at the Youth Summit this year. The Roosters have a proud and long history of Indigenous players who played for the club and I am very privileged to be 1 of only 3 participants to represent the Roosters at this years All Stars.
Who is your favourite NRL Indigenous Player?
All: Latrell Mitchell