IMPACT is a leadership program for school students in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley.

Running from 2012 to 2018 IMPACT focussed on social actionskill development, and positive networks, empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to be active community members and role models while assisting them to complete Yr12.

Delivered by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people, we’re all about building and empowering a community of young Indigenous leaders across the country. Because we need strong, black and deadly peeps in our boardrooms, our classrooms, our parliament or any chosen field.


FYA would like to acknowledge the custodians of the land throughout Australia on whose unceded countries we conduct our business. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia. We acknowledge that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people continue to live in spiritual and sacred relationships with this country.

What was IMPACT?

Over three years, the IMPACT program prepared Year 10 to 12 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, to successfully transition from school into further learning or work, and to have the confidence to be able to make a positive contribution within their communities. The program did this through:

  • Cultural strengthening
  • Developing enterprise skills
  • Exploring leadership through a personal development lens
  • Being surrounded by a strong peer support network

What made IMPACT unique?

  • It was Indigenous youth-led and run
  • It was an out-of-school program using social action as motivation to keep young people engaged in school
  • It used the power of peer support, including an extended alumni (and FYA’s community of young changemakers) to raise young people’s aspirations
  • It linked students to additional support through schools, parents, the wider community and industry collaborators

What we did at IMPACT

Camped out

Or sometimes in, it really depended on the weather… We gathered a very special cohort of young people to explore their unique background and celebrate their Identity, building confidence and capability with each gathering. Starting in year 10, by the end of IMPACT graduates had networks, skills and real pathways paved for success.

Had a yarn

Through a series of forums and workshops where young people developed their inherent leadership skills and explored their personal values and future aspirations.

Inspired each other

Creating safe spaces for students to connect with each other, join forces and create the world we want to live in.

Want to know more?
Find out more about the IMPACT program 

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