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YAL ARI ALUMNI

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perating in partnership with 5th Brigade Holsworthy Barracks, Warrior Spirit – Growing Young Leaders is a seven-day, military-style personal development course conducted at Holsworthy Barracks Sydney. The holistic leadership and resilience program is designed for Yalari alumni and graduates, preparing them to lead and win in adult life. It is designed to stretch and ‘stress-test’ resilience and provide opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth.

The program was absolutely incredible — Holsworthy completely changed me! Fresh eyes and fresh mind. It’s pushed me mentally, physically and morally. It was extremely confronting at times but it taught me how to adapt and deal with adversity in all circumstances.

The Warrior Spirit course was held over the Easter period and saw 16 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people from around Australia attend the inaugural event. The program was run by Indigenous soldiers from across the 5th Brigade.

I’m incredibly proud and motivated by everyone who was involved; from both Yalari and the Army. I’m beyond thankful for having the chance to attend and really experience my own capability. The ‘Warrior Spirit’ experience has cemented my choice to pursue a career in the ADF, for what could be a life-long journey.

The week involved an innovative training and mentoring program, giving participants the knowledge and experience in Defence training and values. Cultural, physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing were also at the core of day-to-day activities. The week included a special visit to Canberra to attend a special ANZAC Day dawn service, remembering the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who served in the Australian Forces. A big thank you to the Australian Army 5th Brigade for sharing their expertise, experience and facilities with us. You are helping ‘grow’ the next generation of Indigenous leaders through this powerful initiative.

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A huge thank you again to Yalari for helping me with the opportunities and checking-in on me. It’s kept me motivated and looking for bigger things. Thanks to Yalari, I’ve developed a lot more as a person.

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Yalari News | Winter 2019  

Yalari News - "Winter Voice", Founding Director Waverley Stanley AM, Upcoming events, Student updates and achievements, Wally Boydell and th...

Yalari News | Winter 2019  

Yalari News - "Winter Voice", Founding Director Waverley Stanley AM, Upcoming events, Student updates and achievements, Wally Boydell and th...

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