Inspiring Future Generations

The Australian Indigenous Youth Academy (AIYA) is a not for profit organisation which exists to inspire future generations of Indigenous Australians to achieve better educational outcomes through school-based traineeships and healthy lifestyle initiatives.

AIYA believes that by educating our Indigenous youth while they are still at school we can equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to not only graduate high school at the same time as their peers, but will see them become positive role models and future leaders within their own communities. Higher educational achievements will also allow them make more informed choices about the benefits of further education, employment and leading a healthy lifestyle.

As an organisation AIYA has high ambitions and we encourage all of our trainees to have high ambitions for themselves. By providing our Indigenous youth with hope for their future, we can then be true advocates for change as we strive to ‘Close the Gap’ between Indigenous & non-Indigenous Australians. Through the provision of our traineeship program AIYA is in a prime position to help develop a generation of change.

At the end of 2010, I was in year 11 and thought school wasn’t the place for me.   After a yarn with Deon, he stressed the importance of staying at school, especially so close to finishing year 12. I’m grateful for that talk because I not only completed my traineeship with AIYA, but I graduated high school and now I’m about to finish my first year of defence force training. Without that talk – who knows – I would recommend the AIYA traineeship to anyone”.

Jordan Walker former Deception Bay trainee.

AIYA will work with you to deliver:

  • Cultural Awareness Workshops to allow for a greater understanding of Indigenous culture
  • Traditional Games & Multi Sports programs
  • Fitness courses and training for individuals, schools, groups or businesses
  • Mentoring to provide students with extra support through school into employment
  • Motivational speakers for conferences and events
  • Access to literacy & numeracy assistance

If you would like to know more about our services please contact one of our team to discuss your requirements.



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