Ganbina participant stories

Eddie started working with Ganbina when he was 12 years old. A graduate of our Youth Leadership Program, he won the 2012 Ganbina Youth of the Year Award.

"Ganbina showed me how to get where I want to be with my education and they helped me sort out my goals and career aspirations along the way."

Eddie obtained his VCE and a Certificate II in Business via a two year traineeship with the NAB. He is now studying music and dance at the Robert Sturrocks Industry Dance Company in Melbourne.

Mariah completed her Certificate III in Business with the Department of Justice. She now works there full time as a Community Corrections Officer.

"Ganbina pretty much saved my life. If I hadn’t got involved with them as a teenager, I would have been going down the wrong path entirely. They gave me the courage and support to realise my potential.

"Through my work, I want to help people understand that there are ways to undo what they have done and become better people."

Blade is studying for his Certificate III in Sport & Recreation and his Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning at the Academy of Sport, Health & Education.

"I would love to become a PE teacher when I complete my studies. It would be great to work with kids in the community that I live in.

“I have really enjoyed the work placement programs I have done so far in schools, helping to manage after school care programs and providing one on one support to Indigenous students.

"It’s great to help the kids be more involved in their study and sport."