‘Graduation’: Future Pathways
Once Jaru members are deemed ‘Senior Jaru’ they are considered to have ‘graduated’ from the program. This graduation is a measure of their personal capacity, achievement and development during their participation in the program. This personal development and strength, overcoming of significant personal issues, ability to help others and community leadership, is the ultimate outcome of the Jaru Pirrjirdi program.
This year, in addition to their significant personal development, 26 senior Jaru members have taken up positions of employment, leadership or training at other community organizations. This represents a further measure of the progress in personal capacity of these young individuals and the empowerment of the Jaru Pirrjirdi process.
The creation of career pathways also serves to build local capacity and achieve true community development. Moreover, it creates space within the program for young adults to keep entering and moving through the elements of the program.
Key partnerships created to assist Jaru build meaningful futures:
• Warlpiri Rangers: Ranger program run by CLC, which aims at caring for country, tracking flora and fauna and using indigenous land and cultural knowledge. 16 Jaru trainees. Paid by CLC at hourly rates.
• Yuendumu Swimming Pool: Managed by Mt Theo Program. Fully trained lifeguards to be supplied by the Jaru Pirrjirdi membership. 10 fully qualified lifeguards, 10 in training.
• Yuendumu Diesel Mechanic Workshop: Managed by Mt Theo Program. 2 senior and 2 junior trainees, 6 on community work orders.