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Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big)

Supporting Aboriginal high school students to dream big!


Nanga Mai Marri translates to ‘Dream Big’ in the traditional Aboriginal language of the Gadigal people. The program is about supporting Aboriginal high school students to develop high aspirations for their education and employment and mentoring students to achieve these goals.

The Nanga Mai Marri program aims to address two significant inequalities experienced by Aboriginal young people in Australia:

  1. Only 62% of Aboriginal high school students are completing year 12, compared to 86% of non-Aboriginal high school students in Australia.
  2. Youth unemployment is between two and three times higher for Aboriginal youth compared to non-Aboriginal youth.

The program works with students from the beginning of grade 10 until six months after they complete their HSC. This four-year, long term mentoring relationship has been the foundation to the Nanga Mai Marri program’s success.

The Nanga Mai Marri program continues to achieve great outcomes for Aboriginal education and employment, including:

The Nanga Mai Marri program is delivered with the support of the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA). For more information about the Nanga Mai Marri program, please contact our Program Mentors Brittney Simpson [email protected] or Braidon Burns [email protected]

Souths Cares is an independent not-for-profit public benevolent institution, established to support the local community and address social need across the South Sydney region.

Your donation helps assist their program in supporting disadvantaged and marginalised youth and their families.

Nanga Mai Marri (Dream Big) Success Stories

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Acknowledgement of country

South Sydney Rabbitohs and Souths Cares acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land in which we work, live and learn. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. We acknowledge that this land is, was and always will be Aboriginal land.

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