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Clontarf Foundation receives $600,000 from Mineral Resources to boost programs for young First Nations men

Brendan Foster -

The Clontarf Foundation is set to receive $600,000 from mining giant Mineral Resources to expand and extend its programs which helps improve the education and employment prospects of young First Nations men.

The Clontarf Foundation is a charitable not-for-profit organisation formed to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Mineral Resources (MinRes) has committed the funding over three years which will help bolster Clontarf's national programs and also develop employment pathways for graduates into MinRes.

Clontarf Chief Executive, Gerard Neesham, said the foundations partners played an important role in developing the young men enrolled in their programs.

Neesham, who was the inaugural coach of the Fremantle Dockers, launched Clontarf in 2000 with just 25 boys and now the foundation caters for over 11,500 boys in 158 schools across Australia.

"Not only does this partnership provide funding that allows Clontarf's academies to operate and grow, but it also provides important employment pathways for the young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men living in the communities where our organisations co-exist," Neesham said.

Gilmore Clontarf Academy Director Brett Pilling, who along with several students visited MinRes HQ recently said all the activities at Clontarf were geared up to make sure students were ready for employment once they graduated.

"That includes the challenge of public speaking, which is why these types of interactions with corporate partners such as MinRes are so valuable in helping to build confidence," he said.

MinRes Managing Director Chris Ellison said he was looking forward to this relationship with Clontarf and delivering positive outcomes in the community.

"We want our major projects across Western Australia to create meaningful employment opportunities for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so they can share in MinRes' success," he said.

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