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This three-day horse training program for young Indigenous males (ages 13-25) who live in the small mining town of Newman, develops self-esteem and leadership skills. The aims of the program are youth engagement, partnerships, social and emotional wellbeing, and empowerment.
The young people are picked-up each morning for an early breakfast. They begin by becoming familiar and comfortable with the horses under the guidance of an experienced horse-trainer. The remainder of the program includes:
Benefits of the program have included:
Adapted from The West Australian Indigenous storybook: celebrating and sharing good news stories: the mid-west/Pilbara edition
Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS)
Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia's third edition of the WA Indigenous storybook has compiled a collection of positive stories that celebrate the achievements of Indigenous people in the Midwest and Pilbara regions of Western Australia (WA). The 13 diverse stories in the third edition highlight and address issues affecting Indigenous people and communities across the two regions and discuss topics about leadership, environmental health, community gardens and employment, the importance of language and personal journeys.
Abstract adapted from the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA