Essential skills and connections
Missy has been enrolled in Ganbina’s Aboriginal school-to-work transition program since she was in Year 7, where her education and employment journey has been supported through scholarships, help with networking and finding employment and driving lessons.
Missy credits Ganbina’s program with giving her essential skills and connections that will help her to achieve her education and career dreams.
“When I first joined Ganbina, I joined for the opportunity to interact socially with other Aboriginal kids and for the financial support they offered for school expenses,” Missy says. “But now I realise Ganbina supported me with so much more - from financial support, to schooling and then job-wise, they supported me after finishing school to find a job.”
“Now that I’m older I realise I need those connections to help me get a job, go to university…. I’m now thinking about who can support and help me? A couple of names come to mind and those connections are entirely because of Ganbina,” she says.
Missy also enrolled in Ganbina’s drivers’ program and is now a licensed driver, which she realises was an essential skill for her to pursue further education and career opportunities.
“The lessons provided by Ganbina helped me get my licence. When you’re 16 and you do the driving program you don’t realise how much it will help you in the future. If I didn’t have my licence now, I wouldn’t have as many options available to me for study and work,” she says.
Missy highly recommends Ganbina’s program to other Aboriginal kids who may be considering joining. “You have nothing to lose by joining Ganbina, you can only gain. Once you join, you don’t realise how many things Ganbina can help you with that you might not think about when you’re younger,” she says.