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While the mercury soared this week, 100 Indigenous young people spent the week sweating it out on the University of Queensland's St Lucia sports fields to whet their appetite for academic life.
The Indigenous youth sports program provides an opportunity for school students to be exposed to university in the hope of encouraging more young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to choose tertiary study when they finish school.
'Sport is the bit that attracts the young people to the program,' says John Brady, Program Coordinator.
'They get a week of physical activities and then the classroom-based sessions help them come away comfortable with the idea of university study. Many have never considered uni because no-one in their family went.'
The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health developed the program with Inala Indigenous Health Service, Education Queensland and The University of Queensland, in response to the identified priority of increasing the numbers of Indigenous young people studying at university.
The Indigenous youth sports program is based on the very successful National youth sports program that has been running in the Unites States for 40 years and has seen significant improvements in university enrolments for African American students.
Indigenous youth sports program
Institute of Urban Indigenous Health
Ph: 0435 912 167