Santos has announced a new three-year partnership with the Clontarf Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation committed to improving the education, discipline, self esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men.
Clontarf uses the passion Aboriginal boys have for Australian football to attract and keep them at school; but it is far more than a sporting program.
Each Clontarf Academy, formed in partnership with a local school, is focused on encouraging behavioural change, developing positive attitudes, and helping students to finish school and secure employment. Fundamental to this is the development of values, skills and abilities that will assist the boys to achieve better life outcomes.
The full-time, locally-based Clontarf staff – through a diverse mix of activities – mentor and counsel students while the school caters for their educational needs.
Santos WA & NT Vice President, John Anderson, said the company took an active role in the communities of which it was a part and was pleased to be associated with Clontarf and support its great work.
"The Clontarf team has done an amazing job since they started their first academy in Perth in 2000 with 25 boys to be now catering for almost 2,500 boys in 44 schools across WA, the Northern Territory and Victoria,” he said.
"It's a terrific success story and benefits not only young Aboriginal men and their families but the whole community.”
Santos’ partnership with the Clontarf Foundations adds to the company’s established community support program in WA, which includes the Santos Great Bike Ride, Kings Park Festival and Shakespeare WA.
Education/youth, Indigenous, Western Australia