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Wirraka Maya's Leap leadership program helps Indigenous youth in the Port Hedland area of Western Australia (WA) to develop their leadership skills and strive for achievement in a structured environment.
Participants in the program have the opportunity to enhance their problem-solving and decision-making skills while improving self-esteem through involvement in the YMCA's Swim for life program. The Swim for life program provides an opportunity for young Indigenous youth to gain valuable water safety and lifesaving skills. Those youth who complete the Bronze Star or Bronze Medallion qualification have the chance to go on to gain employment as lifeguards. The program has assisted 60 young people gain Senior First Aid qualifications and given 10 Indigenous youth the opportunity to become certified AUSTSWIM instructors.
Wirraka Maya is an Aboriginal health organisation servicing the Port Hedland region of northern WA.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
Swim for Life Coordinator
Ph: 0458 988 079