For Aboriginal young people in Out of Home Care (OHC) to self-determination and break the cycle and for them to be more employable

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info@idknowyourself.com

145 Cleveland Street,
Darlington NSW 2008

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Monday - Friday
9.00am - 6.30PM

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infoantibot-code@idknowyourself.com

145 Cleveland Street,
Darlington NSW 2008

Visit

Monday - Friday
9.00am - 6.30PM

A message from the CEO/Founder of ID. Know Yourself

"As a family at ID. Know Yourself who have a detailed personal experiences of foster care, we are extremely passionate about breaking the cycle of foster care and for Aboriginal young people to become rich and strong in their cultural identity and the best versions of themselves which involves a process of healing and empowerment."

"Never left behind or forgotten"

About Us

ID. Know Yourself is a new indigenous-led organisation that has been set up to focus on Aboriginal young people in the Out of Home Care system. The ID. Know Yourself program delivers a culturally-focused, trauma-informed mentoring program for Aboriginal young people within the Out of Home Care system. ID. Know Yourself initial focus will be 15-18-year old’s who are soon to leave care. By reconnecting these young people to culture and preparing them with essential life skills for life after care, the program aims to support these young people to become strong and resilient Aboriginal men and women who are the ‘deadliest’ versions of themselves.

Tell Us

A message from the CEO/Founder of ID. Know Yourself

"As a family at ID. Know Yourself who have a detailed personal experiences of foster care, we are extremely passionate about breaking the cycle of foster care and for Aboriginal young people to become rich and strong in their cultural identity and the best versions of themselves which involves a process of healing and empowerment."

"Never left behind or forgotten"

About Us

ID. Know Yourself is a new indigenous-led organisation that has been set up to focus on Aboriginal young people in the Out of Home Care system. The ID. Know Yourself program delivers a culturally-focused, trauma-informed mentoring program for Aboriginal young people within the Out of Home Care system. Their initial focus will be 15-18 year olds who are soon to leave care. By reconnecting these young people to culture and preparing them with essential life skills for life after care, the program aims to support these young people to become strong and resilient Aboriginal men and women who are the ‘deadliest’ versions of themselves.
 

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"ID. Know Yourself provides young Indigenous people with the support in knowing who they are, where they belong and to build on their internal strengths to survive and thrive in a complex environment that has so many challenges confronting them.

This program and its team are building the framework of support with young people to ensure their survival, strength and confidence to pursue pathways that will see them succeed and reach their goals. I am proud and humbled to have been invited to be a part of supporting the ID. Know Yourself team in achieving their vision."

June Oscar AO - Board Director, ID. Know Yourself and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

“Having a young leader who has lived the life and understands the value of real-life skills is crucial. ID. Know Yourself is an amazing model for kids who will eventually leave their care placements”


Shane Phillips – CEO of Tribal Warrior

“Isaiah Dawe is an inspirational young man who has overcome the challenges of his past to trailblaze the empowering ID Know Yourself Program. Isaiah developed the ID Know Yourself Program based on his own experience in out-of-home care.

As a leader, connector and engaging speaker, Isaiah advocates for Indigenous children currently in out of home care to believe in themselves, dream big, seize opportunities and most importantly embrace their community, culture and identity. His story of resilience has a message for all children and for all people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.”

Terri Janke – Owner and Solicitor Director of Terri Janke & Co Legal firm

“Isaiah’s commitment and passion, forged through personal experiences and wanting to see good come out of it for young Aboriginal people, is inspiring. In working with us at the Australian Human Rights Commission we were moved by Isaiah’s vision for wanting to transform the lives of those, like him, who have been in out of home care.

He is putting his vision into action with his ID Know Yourself support program. I wish him well and commend his energy and commitment in making a difference in people’s lives.”

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM – President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

“Isaiah’s journey as an Aboriginal man who experienced the care system throughout his childhood puts him in a unique position to connect with and positively influence other young people with similar backgrounds.

ID. Know yourself is a great support program developed by someone who understands deeply what it is like to be ‘lost’ in care, and helps young people be strong in their cultural identity, access the support they need, make good choices and be the best they can be.”

Megan Mitchell - Australian National Children’s Commissioner

“I have been lucky to work with Isaiah Dawe over the past couple of years in his role as an AbSec Youth Ambassador. Isaiah’s passion for inspiring Aboriginal young people, particularly those who’ve been through the wringer in out-of-home care, shines through in everything he does.

There are currently more than 7,000 Aboriginal children and young people removed from home in NSW alone. Nationwide, our kids are 10 times more likely than others to be taken from their families. It’s no exaggeration to say that our child protection system is in crisis, and it has been for a long time.

This is why we need programs like ID Know Yourself, which build strength and resilience in our young people by connecting them back to their culture, community and country. The value of culture for Aboriginal young people can’t be overstated; it’s something I’ve seen time and time again in my work as CEO of AbSec, the peak body for Aboriginal child protection and family support services in NSW.

I’ve been constantly impressed by Isaiah’s dedication, creativity and can-do spirit in achieving change for our young people. I can’t wait to see the huge difference ID Know Yourself will make for our kids.”

Tim Ireland – Chief Executive Officer, AbSec

"Isaiah’s work recognises that connection to culture and identity is an important part of helping all children and young people have a sense of belonging and community. For children who can’t live with their parents or families, that connection to culture is a right to be upheld. I have seen the impact that connection can have for young people, as a protective factor, bringing courage and resilience.

The mentoring program provided by ID Know Yourself very practically helps children and young people to reconnect with their identity. I’m proud to support Isaiah and the ID Know Yourself program."

NSW Children's Guardian - Ms Janet Schorer

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