An impressive 90% of Souths Cares students in the School to Work Transition program, “Nanga Mai Marri” (Dream Big), completed their HSC in 2013 – a figure well above the national average for Indigenous students. But the good news didn’t stop there, with former graduates of the program consolidating those results by excelling in their chosen fields outside of the classroom.
Cameron Jenkins was one of them. Thanks to Souths Cares and Rhys Wesser’s own brand of commitment and drive as a mentor, Cameron attained an impressive apprenticeship at the Sydney Cricket Ground, as a Green-keeper – evidence of the program’s success, and the success of its mentors.
“I joined the program in 2011 when it first started up,” said Jenkins, speaking at the SCG Ladies Stand.
“I was in Year 11, but wasn’t really going to school at the time and didn’t really want to go.
“But Souths Cares got in touch with me and because I’m a Souths supporter and Rhys (Wesser) was involved, I thought I’d start going to school and giving it a crack. I got my job out of it and I’m in my third year now as a Green-keeper apprentice.”
Souths Cares “Nanga Mai Marri” (Dream Big) Program is an Indigenous School to Work transition program supported by the Federal Government’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; as part of the ‘Learn, Earn, Legend’ initiative.
To watch the full interview with Souths Cares General Manager Shannon Donato in regards to Cameron’s success, please press play on the video player.