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Jaru pirrjirdi, meaning strong voices, is an empowerment program for young Aboriginal people aged 16-25 years from Yuendumu, Northern Territory, which aims to develop participants as young community leaders. The program offers young people the opportunity to engage in meaningful activities to develop their confidence, experience, and capacity, thus encouraging them to move away from issues such as alcohol and other drug use (where relevant), keep their culture strong, and to develop specific skills in potential career pathways.
Participants in the program must pass through a number of informal stages to become the future leaders of Yuendumu. Jaru pirrjirdi grew out of the Mt Theo petrol sniffing program and is now used as a model for other remote communities in the Northern Territory.
Abstract adapted from Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation
Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation
Mt Theo Program
via Alice Springs NT 0872
Ph: (08) 8956 4188
Fax: (08) 8956 4081