Ebony begins Buldua Yiooghen Youth Academy program

Ararat College student Ebony Burton is participating in the Buldua Yiooghen Youth Academy this year, a program designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make connections. Recently, she participated in the first part of the academy. Ebony wrote this about her experience.

Last month I attended the Buldua Yiooghen camp for five days in Melbourne from Wednesday 22nd May to Sunday 26th May. Throughout the week we got to visit some big organisations to open our eyes to possible job opportunities in the future.

Ebony (right) with two other academy participants.

On Wednesday we visited Tennis Australia where they took us for a tour, spoke about the many job options possible if we decided we want to work there, and then we got to play tennis on one of the main courts. We also went to AAMI Stadium to watch the Asian League Football Championships sponsored by Melbourne Victory.

Thursday included a tour of the Australian National Academy of Music and a performance of Cosi Fan Tutte. We got to go backstage and see how everything works and hear about what jobs we could get in the theatre industry.

On Friday we headed out to the Godolphin racing stables at Carbine Lodge, Flemington for a tour and got to pat the horses. Horse racing is a big industry and there are many job choices available. We then visited the Essendon Football Club for a tour, a bit of a play in their gym, basketball courts and oval, then got to meet some of the players. We had a treaty talk and lunch.

On Saturday we got to participate in the Long Walk from Federation Square to the MCG. We had awesome seats to watch the Dreamtime game. Sunday meant we had to say our goodbyes, but not before we got to tour the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade Eastern Hill Station with Mitch from Essendon and practise using a fireman’s hose.

Academy participants at the Essendon Football Club.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Anglicare Victoria for organising the trip, as well as to all the organisations that let us tour their facilities.

In August Ebony will head to Darwin for the Northern experience.