Indigenous Youth Leadership Program puts Brittany on the path to success
[by Greg Chapman]
Brittany Cheel’s experiences with the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (QIYLP) have changed her life and put her on the path towards a bright future.
The proud Wiradjuri woman, from the Mudgee region of NSW and CQUni alumnus, now works for the Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID) as Compliance/Finance Officer.
CQID provides services across Central Queensland to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including drug and alcohol treatment, family participation, family wellbeing, homelessness to housing and youth services.
Brittany said she and all the participants had benefitted immensely from the QIYLP.
“Every participant who attended has gone on to further contribute to their communities in a leadership capacity, whether it is working or being involved with community organisations, running deadly events, being active on relevant boards or attending other Indigenous events and inspiring other young mob to do the same,” she said.
“I have taken on board everything I learned during the six-day program. It gave me the chance to really reflect on my life and the career I want to pursue, which lead me to a job and study change and the opportunity to work with Indigenous mob and make positive contributions to the Central Queensland community.”
She encouraged anyone with leadership aspirations to apply for the QIYLP.
“I have never participated in a program that has given me so many opportunities to enhance my career development and mentoring and networking skills, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament,” she said.
“(The Youth Parliament) was a real highlight of the program for me and reignited my passion for representing community and giving me the courage to apply for change making opportunities, such as the 2019 QAIHC Youth Health Summit.
“The support and encouragement from everyone involved and the opportunity to be able to speak and hear from so many community, corporate and government leaders was astonishing.”
Brittany said she is excited to see where her career and experiences take her.
“Since the program, I have continued to serve on the CQUniversity Student Representative Council, as the Indigenous Representative until the end of last year. I have made a change in my studies, aiming to finish the Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation this year and have changed my Bachelor to a Bachelor of Arts (Social Enquiry and Geography and Environmental Studies) to reflect my future career goals. I aim to work up to a management position at CQID and hopefully have the opportunity to be a member on some local boards” she said.
She has also had a number of professional development and community support opportunities, sponsored by Glencore.
“I was fortunate enough to be able to complete an Executive Certificate in Event Management (Business and Public Events) course in Melbourne and was successful in securing funding for myself to run an Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program here in Central Queensland,” she said.
“The program provides an exciting opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women aged 18–30 years of age to come together to be empowered to lead and make a change in the Central Queensland Community through embracing their cultural identity.
The free two-day program will be held in at the CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus later in 2020. Details of the event will be finalised soon.
For more information on the QIYLP visit https://www.qld.gov.au/youth/be-involved-have-your-say/youth-programs/indigenous-youth-leadership-program
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