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National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy STRATEGY 2015–2018


NATIONAL ABORIGINAL SPORTING CHANCE ACADEMY STRATEGY 2015–18 CONTENTS 03 Introduction and Who We Are 05 Our Vision, Purpose and Values 06 Our Strategies 2015–2018 08 Strategy Overview

Introduction The National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) Strategy 2015–2018 articulates our approach to working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, the context in which we operate; and the key areas where NASCA can help to contribute to positive social change. Our Strategy 2015-18 will guide the programming decisions over the next three years, while retaining the flexibility to respond to emerging opportunities. The NASCA Strategy 2015-18 is built on:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY NASCA acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodians of country throughout Australia. We honour and respect the cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have spiritual social and cultural connections with their traditional lands and waters. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the communities on whose land NASCA works.

About this Strategic Plan The NASCA Board of Directors developed this Strategic Plan in October 2015, informed by external stakeholder surveys conducted by consultants from People for Purpose. Publication details Leanne Townsend (CEO) has prepared this document with design assistance from Celeste Carnegie.

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NASCA’s 20 years of experience in serving Aboriginal communities around Australia; Lessons learned by NASCA when designing and implementing programs nationally, Community needs identified in places where we are already active or through direct requests made of NASCA.

The NASCA Strategy 2015–2018 continues our commitment to being transparent and accountable to the people and communities we serve, our partners and donors, and the broader Australian public.

Who we are NASCA is a charitable not-for-profit organisation registered as an Aboriginal Corporation. We are 100% Aboriginalgoverned and comply with the relevant Federal Government Acts of Australia. We have operated since 1995 and are based in Redfern, NSW.

What we do NASCA works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from ages 5-24, nationwide. Our ultimate objective is to inspire and motivate young people to reach their full potential. We do this by providing intensive support in schools, through sports and healthy lifestyle programs, career planning, and personal and community development. At the heart of NASCA is our culture and identity, which guides our work and continues to strengthen our communities. We work with over 1,000 young people annually. NASCA is an independent, non-partisan, national Aboriginal organisation actioning evidence based projects to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to thrive in a culturally safe, community driven approach.

Photography Cover image: NASCA employees Lyall Munro and Celeste Carnegie, Page 6, ARMTour program in action in Ali Curung, NT featuring community members and NASCA staff member Amy Sarandopoulos and volunteers; Marjorie Linares, Greg Hartge, and Jack Jones, page 8, NASCA Program participants; Lakeisha and Maddison Hull. Photos taken by Leanne Townsend. Contact Details Address: Level 2, Gadigal House, 180 George Street, Redfern, NSW 2016. Post: PO Box 3093, Redfern NSW 2016 Tel: (02) 8399 3071, Email: admin@nasca.org.au, Web: www.nasca.org.au

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Context The historical, social and political context within which we operate highlights the need for the work we do and is central to our purpose. Due to a number of factors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are more likely to live in disadvantaged areas, less likely to complete school and enter into employment and have high incarceration, morbidity and mortality rates. Another often unreported factor in these issues is that almost all Aboriginal people have also been found to ‘experience racism often’ which has flow-on effects to other outcomes in their lives. These are facts that are impossible to ignore. The key challenges our young people experience as a consequence of historical and current social injustices includes; • Racism and discrimination • Cultural dislocation and social exclusion and; • Intergenerational trauma

NASCA’s solution is to walk with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and reinforce their cultural identity while they realise their ambitions as part of Australia’s future. This partnership involves breaking down barriers and facilitating opportunities for our young people to overcome the above challenges and symptoms of social injustices. We address these challenges by: • Strengthening the focus on the benefits of Cultural Pride and Aboriginal Identity while supporting Aboriginal young people to develop essential life skills and to actively participate and to contribute positively to Australian society • Increasing school engagement and Year 12 completion • Supporting young people who choose to engage with furthering their education and development after high school, • Encouraging healthy life choices and; • Providing mentoring and inspiration to young people so they may envision success in their own lives in the field/s they most identify with.

NASCA is part of a movement to create a more equitable playing field and enable the wider Community to actively contribute to this happening. We know it’s achievable and we know what works. NASCA seeks to create culturally safe learning environments encouraging schools, partner organisations and the communities in which we operate to embrace social justice, human rights and to limit discrimination.

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NASCA AIMS TO CREATE AND SUSTAIN AN ORGANISATION IN WHICH, FOR THE BENEFIT OF BOTH INDIGENOUS AND NON-INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA, ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER YOUNG PEOPLE CAN THRIVE AND REALISE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.

OUR PURPOSE

OUR VISION A proud, prosperous, healthy Australia; where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people thrive.

Building confidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to take opportunities and fulfil their potential.

OUR VALUES In pursuing our purpose, NASCA shares key values, which run like a thread through all of the strategies included here. Our five key values include; Integrity, Excellence, Trust, Cultural Pride and Collaboration. They will serve to guide our activities and programs during the planning period: INTEGRITY NASCA operates an ethical, legal, accountable, diligent and transparent organisation. We work with best practice principles and processes across all aspects of our administration and services to support a sustainable funding base. Good governance and leadership support NASCA, enabling our goals and purpose to be achieved. EXCELLENCE NASCA strives for the highest achievement in all aspects of our work, across our individual and community action. In our communities, evidence of this value includes giving recognition to young people achieving high standards, encouraging and acknowledging individual improvement, celebrating achievements and encouraging young people’s awareness of broader life opportunities. Organisationally, this value is demonstrated through our staff and board members reaching personal best performance in their roles, setting and meeting high professional standards and persisting through challenges in the pursuit of our purpose.

We exist to build on the confidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth/young people, expose them to take opportunities and fulfil their potential.

Our success is embodied in the young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians participating in our programs exhibiting a renewed sense of self-worth and increased confidence armed with a sporting chance in life.

Our Vision, Purpose and Values

TRUST NASCA’s value of trust is realised in our openness and honest approach, creating positive relationships with our young people, communities, partners and funders. Strong relationships allow us to accomplish much more than we would be able to otherwise. We act with honesty in our relationships, encompassing compassion, friendship, and loyalty. CULTURAL PRIDE & INCLUSION Our Culture permeates throughout our work, informing our programs and activities and inspiring our young people to strengthen and enhance their cultural identities. We foster cultural safety in each facet of our work to enable respectful and inclusive relationships with individuals and communities. NASCA recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have spiritual, social and cultural connections with their Traditional lands and waters. We respect the diversity of Indigenous peoples, including their different languages, cultures, histories and perspectives. We understand the significance in recognising the diversity of individuals and groups within communities. Our work is done in accordance with the objects of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including principles of Indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination and to full participation. COLLABORATION NASCA values the contributions made by community organisations, individuals and professionals to realise positive social change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. We are committed to collaborating with community organisations, governments and businesses in delivering our objectives and extending our organisational reach. Above: NASCA in action in Ali Curung, NT with volunteers. L to R; Marjorie Linares, Jack Jones, Greg Hartge, front; NASCA staff member Amy Sarandopoulos.

Our work is informed and responsive to the needs of the communities in which we operate. We work to build meaningful, sustainable community relationships vital in the development and implementation of our work.

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Attract and retain quality people with diverse backgrounds to enable us to deliver our purpose.

Initiatives

Initiatives

1(a) Conduct annual reviews of program operations, delivery and outcomes and respond to feedback and community/ partner identified needs.

2(a) Support and retain existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and to increase the percentage of Indigenous staff working for NASCA.

1(b) Gather evidence; qualitative and quantitative to measure our impact and to continue a ‘design, deliver, evaluate’ model.

2(b) Review NASCA’s Performance Management and Development structures to encourage a high performance team environment, and instituting a framework for learning and skills development.

1(c) Apply community development principles in responding to and working with communities in growing the geographical reach of our work.

2(c) Develop and implement processes for succession planning, ensuring growth opportunities, career development for staff and board renewal to attract and retain skilled people. 2(d) Review People related Policies and Procedures, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and Strategic organisational direction to support NASCA staff and board achieve objectives and social purpose.

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Create ongoing financial sustainability and diversity to enable growth and continuation of our social impact.

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Ensure NASCA follows industry standard good governance practices, which will underpin our successes.

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Initiatives

3(a) Develop and implement Fundraising Strategy to increase donations and sponsorship.

5(a) Development and implementation of Legal, Risk and Financial policies and procedures with annual reviews.

3(b) Conduct ongoing financial analysis of expenditure to ensure value for money operations as good practice.

5(b) Developing Director Succession Plan and implementation.

3(c) Administer and operate financially viable projects, activities and programs. 3 (d) Develop our pro bono partners and service providers to extend our operations.

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Design and deliver quality programs in partnership with communities to ensure long term, measurable impact.

STRATEGY

STRATEGY

TO REALISE OUR PURPOSE OVER THE STRATEGY PERIOD, OUR FIVE KEY ACTIONABLE STRATEGIC PILLARS WILL GUIDE OUR WORK IN MAINTAINING OUR STRATEGIC DIRECTION OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

STRATEGY

Our Strategies 2015–18

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5(c) Development of Board Appraisal Framework with annual review to ensure accountability and transparency. 5(d) Improve Director recruitment, training and induction procedures.

Leverage our history, longevity in community to raise our profile and to develop our social advocacy work.

Initiatives 4(a) Develop and implement Communication and Marketing Strategy to raise brand awareness and organisational public profile. 4(b) Develop our community advocacy capabilities to respond and to raise awareness and community education on Aboriginal social justice issues.

Above: The Hull sisters— Maddison & Lakeisha from Narromine, NSW participating in a NASCA healthy cooking program.

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Strategy Overview 2015–2018

VALUES

PURPOSE

Building confidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to take opportunities and fulfil their potential.

Integrity Excellence Trust Cultural Pride Collaboration

VISION

A proud, prosperous, healthy Australia; where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people thrive.

Our Value Proposition NASCA is an independent, non-partisan, national Aboriginal organisation actioning evidence based projects to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to thrive in a culturally safe, community driven approach.

Our Strategy Initiatives 1. Design and deliver quality programs in partnership with communities to ensure long term, measurable impact. 2.

Attract and retain quality people with diverse backgrounds to enable us to deliver on our purpose.

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Create ongoing financial sustainability and diversity of revenue to enable organisational growth.

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Leverage our history, longevity in community and brand equity to raise our public profile.

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Ensure we follow industry standards in good governance practices, which will underpin our successes.

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The National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy's strategic document, that outlines our future direction, our purpose, vision and values.

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