When Emma left Gumbaynggirr country and made the big move to Sydney, life in the concrete jungle left her feeling disconnected from her country and culture.

She joined Mission Australia's ParentsNext^ program and shared her feelings of cultural disconnection with Delise, her support worker.

Delise helped Emma find new culturally safe spaces to engage with local Elders. Emma had the opportunity to participate in Indigenous weaving and art workshops led by Auntie Marie, and recently completed the Empowering Deadly Women into Employment* program, connecting her to a local mob, cultural mentors, and new opportunities.

These experiences helped Emma develop new skills and build the confidence to pursue her dreams. She's now exploring new employment opportunities and is confident that her future will be bright. We can't wait to see what Emma does next..

Names have been changed to protect the identity of the people we help.

*Empowering Deadly women into employment is delivered by Mas National (Mas) in association with AES (Aboriginal Employment strategy) and offers workshops to First Nation female participants over 6-days to help them develop the awareness, skills and confidence they need to transition to meaningful and sustainable trade careers.

^  ParentsNext is a program for parents receiving Parenting Payment with their youngest child being under the age of 6. It helps parents of young children to prepare to return to work or training once their youngest child goes to school. We help parents to set their education- and employment-related goals, and develop a pathway to achieving their goals while also helping them link with services and activities in their local community.

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