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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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Contact

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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WHY DONATE OR PURCHASE MERCHANDISE   

By purchasing our merchandise we can truly change the direction of the future for our children in Out of Home Care. Everyone needs a role model, someone to fight for them.. The difference between another negative story and success story, can be you. You will be contributing to support the most vulnerable Aboriginal children in Out of Home Care to become free of disadvantage and enhanced with the essential skills, cultural knowledge and strength to become the best versions of themselves and to break the cycle of the intergeneration trauma that exists for our young people in care. At ID. Know Yourself, we stand for family and family means that no one is left behind or forgotten along the way.

"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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ID Know Yourself Mentee Referrals

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1 week ago

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It was much fun to take a few of the mentees within ID. Know Yourself and some of their friends Go Karting Friday night! We all work on a reward system, we work through the hard times in life so we can reap the rewards later in life. These young people have put in to our program activities and so we enjoy giving back to them during the holidays for their commitment, it was the first time for many and we all had so much fun ! #idknowyourself #neverleftbehindorforgotten ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

ID. Know Yourself

Thank you to one of our partners King & Wood Mallesons for having a few of our mentees in for lunch hosting an amazing view of the Sydney City, Harbour Bridge and Opera House. It was amazing for the young people to meet some of your staff and hear about the work you do.

The young people were absolutely blown away and loved the experience as they couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards and it definitely sparked their interest of potentially getting in Law in the near future!

We very much look forward to walking this journey together in supporting our Deadly Aboriginal children in Out of Home Care 👣

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2 weeks ago

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Thank you so much to the Minister for Families, Communities and Disabilities Gareth Ward for taking a few of our young people from @idknowyourself and Isaiah to the State of Origin decider game last night. The energy was electric and the young people had an absolutely amazing time! Old boy of St Gregory’s College and mate of Isaiah, @jamestedesco huge congratulations on winning the championship and for your deadly game winning tries! #idknowyourself #neverleftbehindorforgotten ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Today a part of NAIDOC week - Voice, Truth and Treaty. ID. Know Yourself was personally invited to speak to the head office, and other service staff and even developing a yarning circle with the young people of the Churches of Christ in Queensland, which is the biggest Out of Home Care provider in the state. Isaiah talked about the important of Truth telling and giving these young people in Out of Home Care a platform to Voice their experiences that will be taken seriously and proactively. It was an emotional experience as Isaiah had shared this experience with his Aunties, Uncles and Nephew who had never heard him speak about his experiences growing up. ID. Know Yourself is developing a partnership with ‘Churches of Christ in Queensland’ to branch out our service to our Murri Brothers and Sisters and where Isaiah’s Mob are from in Brisbane. #idknowyourself #neverleftbehindorforgotten @ Brisbane, Queensland, Australia ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Last night at ID. Know Yourself we had our smoking ceremony before our Yarn Time session to rid of the bad spirits and provide good positive energy. We talked about the importance of ‘Appreciation’ in life and that to be more present in life is to be appreciative of the things right now, because if you don’t now you will never be truly happy in the future. Once we reflected on the yarn, the mentees courageously each said things that affected them growing up negatively in the past, but in turn what they were appreciative of right now “my carer buying me warm clothes” “to know of their family” “have a home” “appreciative of being me, and being different from others” It was a huge growing, healing and empowerment session for all.

We then started to paint our deadly ID. Know Yoursef canvas which represents our own individual story towards the meeting place of becoming identified and knowing who we are, what we can achieve and are capable of whilst within the ID. Know Yourself family.

We then went and visited Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth who showed the young fullas around the Art Gallery which held all his amazing artwork and Uncle shared the meaning and stories of each painting.

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3 weeks ago

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It was an honour for ID. Know Yourself to be invited by the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria, Justin Mohamed and share our story to a deadly group of young Aboriginal people in Out of Home Care in Melbourne today. Our program Director, Eunice Grimes and Isaiah Dawe had the opportunity to share our challenging, yet character building life journey.

Eunice spoke of her powerful and touching story growing up in the remote mission in Enngonia with the nearest grocery store 95km away. Eunice got the call one day from her family saying that her niece and nephews (5, 6 and 8years) were about to be removed and put into Out of Home Care, Eunice was just 28 years old and didn’t know how she was going to do it and didn’t have any parenting experience but Eunice took the young fullas into her loving home. Eunice was the first Aboriginal person to graduate from High School and University from her community (of 100 people) through her shear resilience and power. Eunice said that “Failures are failures when we don’t learn from them. But when we learn from them, they become lessons”.

It was also a great opportunity in Melbourne to meet with Dan Creasey from King & Wood Mallesons to explore a potential new community partnership!

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