Photo (left to right): DHUB’s Aboriginal Youth Mentor – Todd,  Dubbo College  Head Teacher – John, and Dubbo College Student Support – Sam.

DHUB (Dubbo Opportunity Hub) and their recent activities with Dubbo and Wellington have focused on informing and inspiring local Aboriginal youth to aim high and start taking steps early on the pathway to a career.

A great example of this has been our recent work with Dubbo College Delroy Campus and several Year 9 participants currently part of our Ngadhi Birrang (My Journey) Program. This 19-week work readiness program was put together for Term 1 and Term 2 this year by our team.

Ngadhi Birrang will assist in motivating and educating participants using a more practical approach. Ngadhi Birrang includes several different sessions, including:

Life is Hectic. Lets face it 

  • How to access different local support networks and their roles
  • Healthy eating and sleep patterns
  • Strength and Resilience.

Style to Strive 

  • Supporting participants with style advice
  • importance of improving self-confidence and motivation for job interviews, workplace inductions and work experience.

Ready Set Work

  • This session covers important topics such as interview techniques, budgeting and tax and mock interviews.

Ngadhi Birrang also provides work-ready education and skills to learn how to make the right choices along the way in their chosen career pathways.

Dubbo College Delroy Campus has engaged its students in our sessions since 2020, held once a week. From the active communication, help, and feedback from Delroy College, the group has had excellent outcomes on their journey with DHUB.

A strong focus of DHUB is also on identity and culture, which is an integral part of our school sessions which focus on aspiration building, career pathway planning and setting up for employment success.

Along with Dubbo College Delroy Campus’  Year 9 purple class, we had the privilege of utilising our time with this class and recently attended Dubbo’s Community Sorry Day Event.

National Sorry Day, or the National Day of Healing, is an annual event that has been held in Australia on 26 May since 1998. The event remembers and commemorates the mistreatment of the country’s Indigenous peoples as part of an ongoing reconciliation process between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The day began with a traditional Welcome to Country and local and non/local community members affected by the Stolen Generations sharing their stories of resilience and how we can all play a part in recognising and reconciling.

The event was part of Reconciliation Week, and it was a contemporary way for members of the Stolen Generation to heal.

The students were able to interact with our community members, link in with local service providers and participate in cultural activities. It was a very informative and fun day for all.

DHUB is honoured to work with Dubbo College Delroy Campus to provide endless opportunities for Aboriginal youth across our community, and we wish the team and students every success in the future.