Promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people from across Queensland have been recognised today through the Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane Young, Black and Proud Scholarship program (YBPS).
Deputy Premier, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad, presenting the scholarships at Parliament House today, said the scholarships were a fitting way to recognise NAIDOC week.
“More than half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are under 25. If we are going to close the gap we need to seriously invest in young people,” Ms Trad said.
“The Palaszczuk Government, through the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC), has partnered with ATSICHS this year to contribute $60,000 towards scholarships for young people who exhibit outstanding promise in education, sports or the arts.
“These scholarships are being awarded to young Queenslanders, from Saibai Island to the Gold Coast and everywhere in between, to help them to pursue their future careers.
“I want to congratulate all the recipients, who I know will be the future leaders of their communities, as well as ATSICHS for the important work they do with ATSI young people.”
ATSICHS CEO Jody Currie said that the program was about encouraging the next generation.
“ATSICHS is thrilled to announce the latest round of recipients in the Young, Black and Proud Scholarship (YBP) program,” Ms Currie said.
“We are proud to deliver the latest round statewide to 44 well-deserved recipients in partnership with the Queensland Family and Child Commission.
“We were overwhelmed by the huge number of impressive applications by our mob who showed great drive and dedication to further their passions and interests.
“The YBP program celebrates the talents and strengths of our young mob and provides opportunities for development in the categories of sport, the arts or academia through school, TAFE or university.
“We embrace our role as leaders of young Queensland Indigenous people and are dedicated to following their journey in the future.”
QFCC Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon said the QFCC was proud to have supported the 2018 Young, Black and Proud Scholarship as part of an ongoing commitment to improving the lives of young people in Queensland.
“The opportunity to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to celebrate and support their achievements and help promote the tremendous role they play in our society has been truly inspiring,” Ms Vardon said.
“Among today’s scholarship recipients are budding pilots, nurses, electricians, and community workers; artists, dancers, singers and actors; and students of law and medicine. We’ve also supported a wide range of already world-class sportsmen and women from sports as diverse as internationally competitive trampolining to BMX riding.
“These are more than just stories of success, they are stories of commitment, hard work and family support, providing great role models for all Queenslanders.”
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad