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What is it?

The National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA) connects Indigenous young people from communities across Australia to develop the next generation of changemakers.

NIYLA is passionate about engaging and inspiring Indigenous young people to lead positive change through developing strong networks of likeminded and passionate young people, gaining skills to lead change through social action initiatives and empowering community voices.

NIYLA's Activities

Annual National Gathering:

Each year NIYLA brings together 50 Indigenous young people aged 15 – 18 years from communities across Australia for the annual National Gathering. The National Gathering is a weeklong experience where young people connect with likeminded and aspiring young leaders and together develop social action campaigns to address issues they are passionate about.

Leadership Forums:

Communities and Schools have the opportunity to host a local NIYLA forum to engage Indigenous young people from surrounding areas and schools to further develop their leadership skills. The NIYLA team facilitates a 1 to 2 day leadership forum that focuses on identifying personal values, putting these values into action and exploring future aspirations.

NIYLA’s Professional Network:

The NIYLA Professional Network exists to develop and support cross-sector, cross-industry networks of Indigenous young people aged 18 – 30 years, who are passionate about building their capacity and network to lead positive change through their chosen career journey.

NIYLA's Objectives

NIYLA exists to develop a generation of changemakers in communities across Australia. Our key objectives are:

  • Empower Indigenous young people to gain a deeper understanding of their personal and communities values and the role values play in identifying personal passions.
  • Develop national youth-led social action initiatives on issues young people are passionate about.
  • Connect emerging young leaders to a national network of passionate likeminded leaders
  • Provide a national platform for Indigenous young people to further develop their leadership journeys, whether through education, employment, enterprise or by pursuing their passions.

NIYLA's values in action

NIYLA’s leadership philosophy – Values in Action – informs the development of our programs, guides our facilitators and supports our students to continue their leadership journey. The philosophy is built on Indigenous cultural values that connect communities across Australia; values that are timeless, universal and very relevant for our communities and young people today.

We firmly believe that leadership isn’t about a title, status or position. We believe that true leadership is about acting on your values throughout your life and in the decisions you make on your journey. Check out NIYLA’s Values in Action approach to building a generation of Changemakers.