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Indigenous teens have a national media role model to help them shine in Emerald

Indigenous teens have a national media role model to help them shine in Emerald

Published:31 July 2017

Tanya Orman - the NITV Channel Manager

When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students arrive in Emerald in August they will find a kindred spirit waiting for them.

Tanya Orman, the National Indigenous Television (NITV) Channel Manager, will not only be attending as a guest speaker but also as a CQUni Alumnus.

She will be able to draw on her own experiences with the event they are attending - the Academic and Talent Aspirations Program (ATAP) Challenge.

When Tanya attended the Challenge as a Blackwater High student in the 1990s, it was known as the AITAP Aboriginal and Islander Tertiary Aspirations Program.

For the 2017 event, students from 11 secondary schools across Central Queensland will converge at Emerald Town Hall on 17-18 August.

Sponsored by the Arrow Energy (Arrow) Brighter Futures Program and assisted by CQUniversity, the ATAP Challenge gives Indigenous students a voice, increases their self-esteem and confidence levels and ultimately encourages them to maximise their future educational options.

“We want students to participate to their full potential in the complete range of school curricula, from academic and higher education pathways to social, cultural, artistic and sports options,” says ATAP Co-ordinator, Sophie Yasso, from Queensland's Department of Education and Training.

“This event improves cooperation and communication between parents and teachers as well as community members to build better pathways for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

“ATAP increases cultural heritage and education in a positive light in a unique setting.

“Schools from Central Highlands, Callide Valley, Upper Burnett, Mackay, Gladstone and Rockhampton districts will be participating in some exciting challenges that concern Our Youth today.”

Ms Yasso welcomed $10 000 in sponsorship from Arrow Energy and the assistance of CQUniversity to support over 100 Indigenous youths.