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The Halo day program aimed to inspire and support young people to give up and stay off drugs, reduce recidivism, and transition into further employment and education. The day program used a holistic approach to reduce young people's barriers to employment, build aspirations and to provide opportunities to heal and strengthen social, cultural and emotional wellbeing.
An element of the program involved professional Noongar facilitators, who guided participants through a cultural journey involving cultural awareness, historical context, sense of belonging, ownership, and a better understanding of the country they belong to. This encouraged clients to develop an understanding of the cultural and community leadership responsibilities they were required to accept for themselves and their family, and to recognise their role and place in Noongar culture.
Young men aged 15 to 25 years who were eligible for a Centrelink benefit could enter the program, with most young people in the program being Aboriginal.
The program was run by the Halo Leadership Development Agency and was funded by the Australian Federal Government's Indigenous employment program, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, and the City of Cockburn in Western Australia.
Abstract adapted from Halo Leadership Development Agency