Beyond the Bron­cos

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EMMA DAVIES

BRIS­BANE Bron­cos star An­thony Mil­ford has launched the 2018 Beyond the Bron­cos pro­gram at his old high school, St Pe­ter Claver Col­lege in Riverview.

The Indige­nous men­tor­ing pro­gram aims to im­prove school at­ten­dance and Year 12 com­ple­tion rates for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der stu­dents.

Mr Mil­ford spoke to stu­dents in a Q&A ses­sion along­side Alexia Baker from the Queens­land Fire­birds, about the im­por­tance of work­ing hard, and how his ef­fort and com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion not only trans­lated to his NRL ca­reer, but also the com­ple­tion of his Cer­tifi­cate IV in Youth Work.

“If I had some­one men­tor­ing me while I was go­ing through high school it would have helped me out heaps,” Mr Mil­ford said.

“The amount of time and ef­fort you put in is what you get out of it.”

The Beyond the Bron­cos pro­gram am­bas­sadors are set to visit 35 schools across QLD and NSW, re­turn­ing each term to con­duct youth de­vel­op­ment work­shops aimed at ed­u­cat­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing young Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple in Years 10 to 12.

An­thony Mil­ford (right) and Bron­cos youth em­ploy­ment co­or­di­na­tor Hamish Mclough­lin (left) present a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque to St Pe­ter Claver Prin­ci­pal Niall Coburn.

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