Yalari provides Indigenous young people from remote, rural and regional communities with scholarships to attend leading Australian boarding schools. Indigenous educator Waverley Stanley started the program in 2005 to educate young people and to help lead generational change.
While the Yalari program is recognised for its profound effect on the young people who receive scholarships, school principals report that Yalari also provides enriching experiences of Indigenous culture and perspectives for the other students and the broader community at many of Australia’s leading schools.
Since 2007, the Newsboys Foundation has supported a Victorian Indigenous student to attend Geelong Grammar School. One student has already completed his education and Newsboys is currently supporting a second Victorian student to attend Geelong Grammar School.
By January 2015, 109 Yalari students had graduated from secondary school and a further 184 students were enrolled at 29 boarding schools across Australia.