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Tiarnee Schafer, CareerTrackers 7th Annual Gala Awards Speaker
CareerTrackers is connected to a global vision of equality for all young people. We follow a model that has been adopted across the globe by different organisations, all with the same influence – changing the lives of young people.
Our program was modelled off INROADS, an American organisation that creates internship opportunities for African American students and has a 50 year legacy of defining new generations of leadership. Since our inception in 2009, we’ve helped establish programs in the Asia Pacific to support other minority groups.
Our sister organisation, CareerSeekers was created in 2015 to support Australia’s refugee and asylum seekers into professional employment and has helped hundreds of individuals.
TupuToa is a New Zealand organisation that has supported over 500 Maori and Pasifika students into internships. TupuToa was founded in 2014 after they visited Australia to model themselves off of the CareerTrackers program.
We’re also running a pilot program in Papua New Guinea for local students which is building momentum and growing fast!
Here at home, we have partnerships across Australia with organisations who share our vision for the future of Indigenous Australians. Our friends at GO Foundation call this network of organisations the ecosystem.
AIME provides a dynamic educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers.
AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous kids finishing school. AIME also connects students with post-year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.
CareerSeekers is non-profit social enterprise that works with leading organisations to create employment opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees who aspire to obtain professional employment.
Founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin (with much help from their good mate, James Gallichan), the GO Foundation began its focus on education in 2014.
With culture at its heart, GO provides sizzling hot mentoring, leadership, networks and support to GO students on their journey from kindergarten to employment.
For more than four decades, INROADS has helped businesses gain greater access to diverse talent, and diverse talent gain greater access to employment.
INROADS provides continuous leadership development for outstanding, ethnically diverse students and placements in internships at many of North America’s top corporations, firms and organisations.
Red Generation Next (RGN) works with students through the later stages of high school, focusing on improving school attendance and retention rates as well as year 12 or equivalent attainment.
The program builds aspiration and transition opportunities by continuing to mentor and support students in their preferred pathway for their first year post-school graduation.
TupuToa is an innovative internship program creating pathways for Māori and Pasifika students into careers in the corporate and professional sectors.
Shalom Gamarada provides residential scholarships to students studying at UNSW. This allows Indigenous students to live in the inclusive and vibrant community of Shalom college where their culture is honoured, and the individual is holistically supported.
Since its inception in 2005, the program has enjoyed a 90% graduation rate with 51 graduates – including 24 doctors and 10 lawyers – living up to its mission to make a contribution to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through higher education and by increasing the number of Indigenous professionals.