Tandem is proud to offer its support to female youth leaders Thara Brown and Tahlia Biggs from Richmond’s centre for Indigenous youth, the Korin Gamadgi Institute (KGI), as they journey to the United Nations to share the work of the KGI on the world stage.
The young women were chosen to represent KGI and Richmond Football Club at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York later next week. It is the first time a sporting club has been asked to take part in the Forum.
Tandem CEO Jonathan Field said the company was delighted to be supporting Thara and Tahlia’s participation.
“We strongly believe in the value of providing opportunities to incredible young people who will lead the workforce of the future,” he said.
“We’ve seen first-hand the impact that KGI has on transforming the lives of young Indigenous Australians and it’s exciting that the team has the chance to share their success with other Indigenous leaders from around the world.
We wish them all the best and look forward to hearing about their experience when they return.”
Tandem became a partner of the Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership (REAL) Program a year ago to help build a resilient and multicultural workforce of the future through innovative programs such as the KGI.
For the past 10 years, the KGI has delivered leadership and wellbeing programming for young Indigenous boys and girls. The program connects participants to their culture and community, and provides opportunities that will empower them to create genuinely positive outcomes.
“We are both incredibly grateful to Tandem for this opportunity to head to the UN,” Brown said.
“We look forward to sharing our experiences in developing and empowering young Indigenous youth, but we are also really keen to learn from this opportunity and to bring back experiences that can be of benefit to the programs and community that we work with.”
While at the Forum, Richmond will also discuss the establishment of Dreamtime at the ‘G, the flagship game of the AFL’s Indigenous Round, and the role it has played in building a bridge between Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australia.