High flying sisters

Culture – keeping it in the family, with help from StarKids and World Vision 

In November 2019, World Vision Young Mob participants (and sisters) Christine and Bianca were fortunate to be able to attend the Triennial Council, hosted in the Philippines. Every three years World Vision leaders from around the globe gather together at the council to reflect and plan for the organisation’s future.   

At the time of attending the Triennial Council, Christine, then in year 11, was a Young Mob leader and had  participated in the program since she was 12 years old. Christine’s speech at the Triennial Council highlighted the issues faced by First Nations young people around incarceration, access to education and child removal from families. Her voice was one of many joining the campaign to end violence against children across the globe. 

Christine and Bianca learnt about First Nations culture through the Young Mob program, as well as from members of their family, some of whom were part of the stolen generation. Christine’s connection with her culture was also  strengthened when she was  able to visit several remote communities. A trip to the Torres Strait made a lasting impression on her. 

“I told them (my family) about my Torres Strait trip. I loved it, loved the culture, loved the food and the whole experience was so good.”  

Christine talks with great pride about what she has learned and experienced through the program. “Young Mob does teach us life lessons. It teaches you don’t take anything for granted, don’t not take these opportunities.” 

When Christine graduates from high school, she wants to work with First Nations children and is also considering a career in law. “In Young Mob, you can be whoever you want,” she says.  

For Christine, her sister Bianca, and many other First Nations young people, having a place to learn about their cultures is important, as schools and families are often unable to provide this. World Vision’s Young Mob program provides a special place for this important learning to happen.