The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA
The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s partner organisation series - Vicki-Tree Stephens, Youth Involvement Council

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s partner organisation series - Vicki-Tree Stephens, Youth Involvement Council

November 22, 2018

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA is a unique Centre that aims to inspire students and the Western Australian community to become active citizens in our local, regional and global communities through its internship program, academic units and events. The McCusker Centre for Citizenship partners with over 250 not-for-profit, community and government organisations to host UWA student interns. 

The Youth Involvement Council (YIC) is the primary youth organisation delivering programs to young people in Hedland and surrounding areas. The various YIC programs target 5-25 year old's who are considered to be at risk, homeless (or at imminent risk of homelessness), disadvantaged or in need of general support. 

Originally trained as a bi-lingual teacher in New Zealand, Vicki-Tree found herself in Hedland after a period of teaching and youth work in Mulan and Balgo (Kimberly Region) over the summer of 2005. In 2006, she decided to settle in Hedland and worked at the Youth Accommodation Program (YAP) which is a homelessness facility for young people run by the Youth Involvement Council (YIC). She continued to work across the programs at YIC for five years before being appointed as CEO at the end of 2010.

She holds qualifications in education, Maori law and philosophy, management and governance and most recently completed a post graduate certificate in social impact at UWA after securing a scholarship from BHP. Under Vicki's leadership the YIC has completed two infrastructure projects worth almost $15m and increased funding for programs by 100%. Her collaborative approach to leadership ensures that end-users, the team and the board are all involved in the strategic direction of the organisation and program content.

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s student series – Riley Dolman

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s student series – Riley Dolman

November 20, 2018

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA is a unique Centre that aims to inspire students and the Western Australian community to become active citizens in our local, regional and global communities through its internship program, academic units and events.

Riley recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Sports Science, Exercise and Health) at the University of Western Australia. With a particular interest in AFL, Riley completed his practicum placement at the West Coast Eagles Football Club and successful applied for an internship with Fair Game through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA.

Through his internship, Riley delivered recycled sporting equipment and fitness programs to under-serviced remote Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. After travelling to Karijini National Park to run sport programs for local children from Tom Price, Karratha and Port Hedland, Riley became interested in sports development and he plans to return to UWA as a postgraduate student.

Since completing his internship, Riley has undertaken leadership training with Fair Game and is on Fair Game’s board of directors and is a member of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA’s Student Advisory Committee through which he encourages students to be active members of their communities.

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s student series - Shakira Donovan

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship’s student series - Shakira Donovan

November 20, 2018

The McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA is a unique Centre that aims to inspire students and the Western Australian community to become active citizens in our local, regional and global communities through its internship program, academic units and events.

Shakira recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Western Australia. During her undergraduate studies, Shakira became interested in the intersection of mental and physical health with international development, leading her to successfully apply for an internship through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA at the international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, in New York City to work on their Global Health campaign. There, she became passionate about universal health coverage and health systems improvement which she now plans to explore as a postgraduate student.

Shakira went on to complete the Pathways to Citizenship unit at the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA were strengthened her belief in the importance of active and global citizenship and its positive impact on the community. Shakira dedicates much of her time to volunteering and is a member of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA Student Advisory Committee through which she seeks to help shape university-based citizenship initiatives and encourage students to be compassionate, active members of their communities.

 

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