Young leader looks to future

Indigenous youth leader Tilman Lowe. Picture: Jon Hewson d416824
Indigenous youth leader Tilman Lowe. Picture: Jon Hewson d416824

Mr Lowe has been raising funds along with 25 other young indigenous leaders and mentors across the country so they can hike the Kokoda Track in June.

‘The Kokoda trail is going to be very exhausting but I am up for the challenge and we are currently focusing on sponsorships to help us get there,’ Mr Lowe said.

Mr Lowe was accepted into the IYLP in 2012 and is currently working towards a Certificate IV in Community Development.

The 22-year-old began the two-year program, aimed at developing leadership potential and community development skills of young indigenous Australians, in January last year.

As part of the program, participants will be required to help build classrooms at an orphanage in Papua New Guinea.

Mr Lowe, who works for the Nyoongar Sports Association as a sports development officer, said he loved helping others achieve their goals.

‘The program has helped me achieve my own goals and it has taught me ways to look at everything in a positive way,’ he said.

Jobs Australia foundation manager Jodie Belyea said Mr Lowe had shown remarkable tenacity.

‘He is already a great leader, but by working within a group of other young leaders and guided by the IYLP, he is gaining the skills and making networks that will see him create positive and lasting change in his local and broader communities for years to come,’ she said.

Participants are expected to raise $5000 each through the fundraising campaign, which will end on March 31.

To find out more about the program or to donate, visit www.iylp2014.com.au.