GO THE BRONCOS: Darius Boyd, Josephine Cooper, Ali Brigginshaw and Beryl Friday. Picture: Contributed
GO THE BRONCOS: Darius Boyd, Josephine Cooper, Ali Brigginshaw and Beryl Friday. Picture: Contributed

Students aiding indigenous communities through Broncos program

Two Dalby State High School students have been empowered by an Indigenous health and education program backed by a premier rugby league team.

Year 9 student and Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy member Josephine Cooper will be leading by example as the school’s newly elected Junior Cultural Captain.

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Through the leadership of the academy’s ambassadors and sporting greats such as former Brisbane Broncos captains Ali Brigginshaw, Darius Boyd and Indigenous netball player Beryl Friday, Josephine hopes to study health at university when she graduates.

“I started the program in Year 7 and have learnt a lot over the last two years, I have learnt how to be an individual and not follow the crowd,” Josephine said.

“My future aspirations are to go to university and study in the health field, and I want to help close to health gap within the indigenous communities.”

Josephine’s role as school Junior Cultural Captain will mean she will lead the promotion of cultural events held occur throughout the school.

More than 60 young Indigenous girls are enrolled in the Girls Academy at Dalby State High School, and like Josephine are inspired to connect to culture and make a difference in their community.

Academy mentors and supports girls in Years 7—12 and into young adulthood will help these young leaders succeed.

Up to 1700 young Indigenous girls are enrolled in this year’s program across Queensland and northern NSW, with the initiative endeavouring to inspire and assist with educational opportunities.

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