Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Today, as part of our NAIDOC Week celebrations, we heard Isaiah Dawe’s powerful story.

Isaiah grew up in the foster care system from when he was two months old until he was 18.

Isaiah is a proud Butchulla and Gawara Salt Water man. His skin name is Yakamarri and his personal totems are the swamp wallaby and grey shark and his community totem is a dolphin. 

His struggles in foster care are what prompted Isaiah to create the ID Know Yourself company and incorporate his experiences to form the core in enabling success for those young people currently going through the system. 

Isaiah has studied IPROWD, a course enabling Aboriginal people to enter the NSW Police Force and studied workforce essentials at Charles Sturt University and he also completed his High School Certificate.

To list just a handful of the accolades Isaiah has achieved, he was the 2017 winner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the year award TAFE NSW, and the first Indigenous person to win TAFE NSW Graduate of the Year, 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliamentarian – Future Leaders (winner of the major award – positive influencer), the first Indigenous person to become the chair of the NSW Youth Advisory Committee in 2018, a member of the first Indigenous team to sail in the Sydney to Hobart and Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Races and he is well known as a young leader within the Redfern community.

ID. Know Yourself is a new indigenous-led organisation that has been set up to focus on Aboriginal young people in the Out of Home Care system. The ID. Know Yourself program delivers a culturally-focused, trauma-informed mentoring program for Aboriginal young people within the Out of Home Care system. ID. Know Yourself initial focus will be 15-18-year old’s who are soon to leave care. By reconnecting these young people to culture and preparing them with essential life skills for life after care, the program aims to support these young people to become strong and resilient Aboriginal men and women who are the ‘deadliest’ versions of themselves.

"As a family at ID. Know Yourself who have a detailed personal experiences of foster care, we are extremely passionate about breaking the cycle of foster care and for Aboriginal young people to become rich and strong in their cultural identity and the best versions of themselves which involves a process of healing and empowerment."

"Never left behind or forgotten"

- Isaiah Dawe

It was an honour and a privilege to have Isaiah at our Kenmore Campus.

Posted July 10, 2019 in News