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The Learn Earn Legend! program aims to provide Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12 the support and encouragement they need in order to complete their studies at the secondary level, and assist them as they move on to further study, training or employment.

In doing this, the program hopes to increase the employment rates and prospects of Indigenous Australians involved, a strong component of the Australian Government’s commitment to halve the gap between the employment of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within the decade.

As a proud Indigenous Australian, JT is heavily involved with the program through the North Queensland Cowboys. He is actively engaged with participating students, and works in conjunction with the program manager and support team to assist students in breaking through barriers they face, so as to help them achieve their educational and career-based goals.

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As an ARTIE Ambassador, Johnathan runs inspirational workshops with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary high school students that promote the importance of attending school and engaging in educational activities.

These workshops focus on the significance of setting goals, and putting in 100% effort, particularly in the key areas of English and Maths. Johnathan integrates aspects of his rugby league career into the workshops, delivering key messages that apply both on the field and in the classroom. Not just confined to the workshops, JT supports and encourages students throughout the year via regular video and phone messages.

Through ARTIE, Johnathan hopes to highlight the importance of success at school and the impact this has on the student’s post-schooling career.

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As an Indigenous Ambassador for Synapse, Johnathan has become the face of a new campaign focussed on the prevention of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). JT will feature on a poster distributed through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Far North Queensland. The campaign aims to raise awareness of ABI throughout Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

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