Reds Generation Next
The Reds Generation Next Program (formerly Learn Earn Legend!) was first established in partnership with the Australian Government in 2012. The initial program included 40 students across 10 schools in the Greater Brisbane region.
Working with year 11 and 12 students, the program aims to address Close the Gap targets:
- To halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for Indigenous children within a decade.
- To halve the gap in for Indigenous students in Year 12 equivalent attainment by 2020.
- To halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade.
Reds Generation Next (RGN) works with students through the later stages of high school focusing on improving school attendance and retention rates as well as year 12 or equivalent attainment. The program also centres on building aspiration and transition opportunities by continuing to mentor and support students in their preferred pathway for their first year post school graduation.
Today’s program has developed to align with the existing Queensland Rugby Union’s Future Indigenous Leaders Program (FILP), meaning that students are engaging with mentoring from the end of their primary school journey through to their first year post formal secondary education.
This consolidation has allowed greater rapport building, and strong relationships are formed which ensures a more positive outcome towards the latter years of a student’s secondary education.
2019 saw the first cohort of RGN students from years 11-12 who were FILP graduates only.
Since 2012, over 289 students have been part of the program.
With the support of the National Indigenous Australian’s Agency (NIAA) the Queensland Rugby Union are able to deliver a program that is part of a greater national reconciliation journey. We sincerely thank the NIAA for their support to deliver the Reds Generation Next Program.