Founded in 2018, Desire to Aspire (D2A) is a registered Public Benevolent Institution dedicated to providing holistic support to disadvantaged, predominantly Indigenous youth. We aim to alleviate suffering and increasing self-esteem and wellbeing through a range of assistance services designed to make a lasting positive impact on their lives.
The assistance provided to successful D2A applicants may include, but are not limited to:
- Crisis Support
- Life-skills training, life coaching and professional mentoring
- Talent Support: Funding of program fees & equipment
- Personal Governance & ID Recovery
- Drivers Licence Program
Each of these services can provide vital support for marginalised youth to escape from distress and poverty through meaningful support and encouragement. We work with our clients as individuals with complex needs, building strong foundations so that their confidence can grow, and they can aspire to a brighter future.
Disengaged youth often end up incarcerated, and suffer distress through issues such as substance abuse, low literacy, poor employment prospects and young parenthood. Many such issues disproportionately impact Indigenous communities, further entrenching the cycle of disadvantage. It is crucial to provide potential circuit-breakers outside of the usual formal institutional model, which is often failing them.
Desire to Aspire aims to provide support to disadvantaged Indigenous youth. Our participants may:
- come from low socio-economic backgrounds;
- have experienced homelessness, or be at risk of homelessness;
- have substance abuse issues;
- be without family caregivers;
- be long-term unemployed; and/or
- suffer from a mental illness, or have a disability.
Clients can be referred to us by other organisations or approach us directly.
Desire to Aspire has designed several initial programs to support disadvantaged young people, with a focus on facilitating employability through our flagship program, Driving Force Academy.
All of our programs will be conducted in partnership with both government and non-government organisations such as Corrective Services, youth services, justice, transport and the Education Department.
High Priority Features
The Driving Force Academy has been established to guide participants through the long and challenging process of obtaining a driver licence providing the following.
- A free Safer Drivers Course and Licensing Program for up to 700 disadvantaged learner drivers aged 16-24.
- Delivering educational workshops to promote road safety awareness and personal responsibility.
- Ultimately increasing the number of Indigenous driving instructors and assessors and improving driver practice arrangements by providing formal driving lessons and supervised driver mentoring to suit the local community and maintain cultural security.
- Support to obtain mandatory ID documents and resolve suspensions and fines by building program linkages to police and justice.
- Local Indigenous program management and delivery by a trusted community business with access to industry contracts and jobs.
- Ongoing advocacy for policy and regulatory amendments in the context of the negative impact of justice system policies and fines enforcement processes.
- Working with industry partner Hi Vis Traffic to create real opportunities for the Indigenous community in upskilling and employment in the Traffic Management Sector.
KEY ELEMENTS OF OUR “ON TRACK” APPROACH
It’s critical to capture young people early, helping them see the value of licensing and offering resources and wrap-around support(for those that need it) to get them started.
New drivers need encouragement and guidance to shepherd them through the system, and incentivise them to keep developing their safe driving skills and drive within the law.
It should never be too late to draw someone back into the licensing process.
If people are unable to navigate the system and/or suffering repeated justice consequences from illegal driving, we need to provide extra help and alternative pathways to avoid a costly and destructive spiral.
There’s a strong case for helping some people to get their licence faster – to get a job, care for dependents or get off the justice roundabout.
We believe this can be achieved without compromising driver competence and road safety.