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Volume 2   March, 2011

100% Knights to create career pathways for Aboriginal students
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Australia: 100% Knights is new program to help Aboriginal students build pathways from school towards successful careers.  The program is for Aboriginal students in years 10, 11, and 12 living in the Upper Hunter Valley.

100% Knights is a combined effort of the National Rugby League (NRL), Thethe Coal Allied/ Newcastle Knights (Rugby Team) Community Alliance, the Federal Department of Education, and Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)


Rob Tew, Chairman, Newcastle Knights:
“Our aim is that students in this program will firstly complete their senior schooling, and then go onto further study, training, or meaningful employment.

"We want to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of these students by helping them to set career goals and then supporting them along the pathway to achieving them.” 

Cam Halfpenny, Mine General Manager Operations:
“Education and training are a key focus of our
Community Alliance partnership, which aims to build stronger, more sustainable local communities in the Hunter Valley.
"Each student will gain unique learning opportunities such as industry-based mentoring, field trips, and work experience opportunities in their chosen career.

 "We’ll work with students through school and then into the following critical six month period, as they embark on their pathway towards a career."

“We hope the targeted support, resources, and opportunities that each student will receive from the program will have a huge impact on their confidence and ability to reach their career goals.”

Smiley Johnstone, Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council Chairman said the program was inspired by the first NRL Indigenous All Stars competition last year:

“The NRL is committed to working with DEEWR and NRL clubs to build school to work transition programmes, that are designed to encourage Indigenous youth to stay in school and seek further education and employment.

“100% Knights is a perfect example of this type of program and with the right support, resources, and opportunities, we look forward to seeing 100% Knights play a significant role in ‘closing the gap’ in the Hunter Valley.”

The 100% Knights program is open to the following schools:

Merriwa Central School Muswellbrook High School Scone Grammar School Scone High School
Singleton Christian College Singleton High School St Catherine’s Catholic College Singleton St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen


 Volume 1
On Day Dedicated to Native Americans, A Move to Honor Hopi Tribe's Code Talkers
New Office to Serve as Advocates for Tribal Veterans 
Metis Livid About Proposed Status System
Saying NO to $1 Billion Dollars
New Images of Remote Brazil Tribe
Amazonian Indians More Advanced Than We Knew
Australia's Aborigines to Launch Political Party
Irish Travellers to Shed Light on Indigenous Research

Volume 2
Berenstain Bears to Speak Lakota
Students Tell Saanich Myths Through Computer Animation  
Children's Book Exhibit Depicts Native Path to Diabetes Prevention
Mentoring Program Coming to Kodiak
100% Knights to Create Career Pathways for Aboriginal Students
Arizona Culinary School Recruits American Indians, Now Available for Federal Financial Aid
Book Lets Great Lakes American Indians Tell Their Own Story
Volume 3
UN Declares 2011 the "International Year of Forests"
Think the Super Bowl Battle was Big? Fight Over Conservation Funding Looms Larger
Limit Set for Native Polar Bear Hunters Under International Treaty
White House: Tribes Fare Well in 2012 Budget
Ziebach County South Dakota: America's Poorest County
Top 5 Obama Regulations that American Businesses Hate Most
The Top 11 Corporate Cash Hoarders
Volume 4
Donna Karan Collaborates With an Indigenous Artist as Part of "Nomad Two Worlds" Art Exhibit
Alligator Wrestling and the Men Who Do It
Custer Flag to Be Sold by DIA
Museums Work to Credit the Individuals Behind Native American Artwork
All My Relations Gallery Showcase for Native Art
Grammy Winner Helps Locals Build, Understand Flutes
German TV Crew Films Program About Nokota Horses

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