Carey’s Right Track Foundation Partnering with Remote Communities
We sat down with Graeme Watson, Carey Educator and Director of the Carey Right Track Foundation, to hear more about the work they are doing with remote and indigenous young people.
1. Tell us about the vision and aim of the Carey Right Track Foundation:
The aim is to ‘empower remote and indigenous communities through athletics’. Our vision is to, out of relationship with indigenous communities, firstly listen to the needs of groups. As we understand the needs, we are able to utilize and empower the strengths of local partners to provide mentorship and programs to strengthen communities.
Currently, we have a two-pronged approach:
a. Education and Exposure: We have partnered with Initiate Australia to run a certificate 2 in
Active Volunteerism (Social Justice). This is available for students at Carey Baptist College and remote young people,
taking the form of an exposure trip where we head out to remote communities like Meekatharra to listen and learn
from local partners.
Another partner is Athletics Australia’s program, ‘Athletics in the Outback’ where we run athletics
clinics, camps and coaching courses.
b. Inspire and Empower: We work with community leaders to identify future leaders, so that we can run
programs to equip these future leaders with skills, knowledge, experiences and opportunities.
2. What are the main projects the foundation has been involved in over the last year?:
Currently we have three major projects:
a. Banksia A.M.P. (Athletics Mentoring Program): We run an 8-10 week program for young people sentenced at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre. It involves one on one mentoring led by Kenzie Dann, an indigenous man who along with a team of volunteer mentors, works 1 on 1 with a young person, exploring topics such as identity, culture, anger, substance abuse, violence and hope and future plans. This runs in connection with an athletics program that aims to develop the natural physical talent, as well as to empower participants with coaching knowledge
and skills that will help them connect with local athletics clubs upon release.
b. Remote schools trips: For the past 5 years we have run athletics clinics in over 20 schools in the
Mid West, Murchison and Pilbara through schools and communities. By working through the
schools we meet hundreds of young people that we can introduce to sport and fundamental
movement skills, led by some of the states best athletes who volunteer as coaches and facilitators
in the program.
c. Meekatharra FLAME (Future Leaders Athletics Mentoring Experience): We have been privileged to develop a deep relationship with the community in Meekatharra as we have served, partnered with, mentored and empowered. FLAME is an inter-agency, community-directed day and camp for remote and indigenous future leaders in Meekatharra.
3. How can people support the work of the Right Track Foundation?
People can support through Private and Corporate Sponsorship of the programs, by offering their time to volunteer and by praying for the program.