Nestlé Aboriginal Youth Development Program
In 2013 we continued to build on the Aboriginal Youth Development Program, strengthening support to our partners who make a difference in the lives of Aboriginal girls from across Australia.
We continued to support Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA), a not-for-profit organisation which empowers Indigenous girls at high school through leadership, sport and education. In 2013 we worked with more than 1000 girls and significantly increased the numbers completing secondary school. Two Indigenous girls from a remote community in Arnhem Land created history when they graduated from Year 12 – the first ever female students from their community.
A key initiative of the AYDP program in 2013 was the expansion of the Mother Daughter Program which teaches Aboriginal girls and their mothers the value of good nutrition and healthy eating. Around 200 girls and their mums took part in the Mother Daughter Program which was launched in 50 per cent of all RMLA academies. The Mother Daughter Program included the launch of an indigenous cookbook in 2013. We also trained 15 Aboriginal women to become Nutrition Champions and trained 45 Year 12 Graduates in Communications.
2014 Oceania Targets:
- 400 Indigenous girls and women to take part in Nestlé Mother Daughter Program
- The program to be run in all RMLA academies
- 30 Indigenous women trained as Nestlé Nutrition Champions
- Nestlé Mother Daughter Program operating in 100 per cent of RMLA academies
- Nestlé employees to volunteer a total of 4,500 hours
An important part of the AYDP program is the opportunity it gives our employees to volunteer in remote communities during school holidays. During 2013 groups of employees travelled to Coonamble and Gulargambone to help run activities for Indigenous youth, totaling 3,648 volunteer hours.
Role Models and Leaders Australia