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The Halo day program is run by the Halo Leadership Development Agency and is 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. Initiated in March 2009, the program aims 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 uses 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 involves professional Noongar facilitators, who guide 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 encourages clients to develop an understanding of the cultural and community leadership responsibilities they are 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 are eligible for a Centrelink benefit can enter the program, with most young people on the program being Aboriginal.
Abstract adapted from Halo Leadership Development Agency
Halo Leadership Development Agency
The Zone Youth Centre
Crn Gilmore Ave & Darius Drive
PO Box 278
Kwinana WA 6167
Ph: (08) 9439 1346