The Clontarf Foundation in partnership with Geraldton Senior High School is focused on assisting students to complete school and secure employment through the Midwest Clontarf Academy. Using the passion that Aboriginal boys have for football attracts the boys to the program. But it is not a sporting program.
The Midwest Clontarf Academy exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society. This is done by encouraging behavioural change and developing positive attitudes. Fundamental to this is the development of values, skills and abilities that will assist the boys to achieve better life outcomes.
Through a diverse mix of activities, full-time, local Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students while the school caters for their educational needs. They build strong relationships with the academy members so that when they leave school they continue to be part of the Clontarf Academy family. The Clontarf Foundation also continues to assist the boys to transition into employment or further study. Clontarf stays in the lives of all of their current and past students.
Students are involved in community service activities such as mentoring primary school students, holding football clinics for disabled students and volunteering time at various community organisations. Opportunities to experience various workplaces through work site visits and local partner interactions as well as holding morning training and breakfasts feature throughout the year.
This program has seen high levels of success and continues to be a prominent program at Geraldton Senior High School.