For the past 3 years I’ve been working with the Charles Darwin University Aspire Program students in their confidence and skills development through year 10, 11 and 12. The other week one of the groups graduated from the program and I thought I’d be a nice moment to reflect on some of the things we’ve worked on in the scholarship program.

Aspire (www.cdu.edu.au/aspire) is a partnership initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Northern Territory secondary schools. It aims to help students from diverse backgrounds achieve their best results in secondary school and to raise the aspirations of young people to pursue tertiary study. It’s about helping those students that due to circumstances out of their control (finance, location, culture, language) have not always had the self belief and support to aspire towards higher education. It’s a beautiful program and I’ve adored being one of there workshop and skill facilitators.

I’ve got the best gig in the program. I work with these young leaders on their career goals, helping to raise their confidence levels and self belief and managing stress, anxiety and pressure. We do this with a number of interactive and reflective workshops and task building exercises over the three years of the program. The hope being that after those three years of workshops the students have some tools to cope with making decisions about their futures and pursuing the lives they’ve always wanted.

I must admit it’s one of the most rewarding and best parts of Amiable Communications because even though it takes three years to see those outcomes… they are undeniable. Thank you to all the staff at CDU Aspire and to the students for trusting me with these workshops. It’s an absolute joy to be involve and I can’t wait for 2017.

Amy Hetherington

Amy has a jack-of-all-trades tool kit of communications skills and heaps of energy. She offers services including content creation, videography, photography, publicity, community engagement, social media and MCing and comedy to help Northern Territory people connect with events, organisations, causes and celebrations. Amy is passionate about creating content and sharing stories in a fun, enjoyable and amiable style. She’s heavily involved in the NT community and would love to add some fun and engagement to your next project.