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Meet our people: Jennifer Schultz

Let’s go behind the scenes at MTC and meet Jennifer Schultz, the Acting Program Manager for our Opportunity Hub, MTC’s program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

What does Reconciliation Week mean to you?

To me, National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for all Australians to share cultures, histories and stories. It’s an opportunity to reflect on our country’s past and focus on the way we can work towards equality in all aspects of life for our amazing First Nation people.

Why is Reconciliation Week important?

Reconciliation Week is important as it provides a designated time for all Australians to reflect on the importance of strengthening relationships between all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non – Indigenous peoples. Reconciliation is an ongoing journey and whilst meaningful change has already been achieved there is still some way to go to ensure equitable opportunities and life choices are available to all Australians regardless of their culture.

What would you like people to know about Reconciliation Week?

That Reconciliation week is a time for all Australians to come together to recognise and commiserate the truth of our country’s history as well as the opportunity to celebrate one of the oldest cultures in the world. There are many community events held all over the country during this time and I would encourage everyone to attend at least one.

What does Opportunity Hub do?

Op Hub provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with the skills, confidence and support to successfully transition from secondary school into further education and work. It’s all about helping students stay engaged in education and access exciting opportunities beyond school.

What do you love about your job?

There are many things I love about my job.

Working with so many amazing young people.
Watching young people build confidence and achieve their goals.
Increasing my knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and learning about how important culture is to our First Nations people.

What does a general day look like for you?

Attending high schools to facilitate one-on-one case management sessions with school students.
Running workshops at primary schools
Meeting with employers and community programs.
LOTS of admin
Enjoying a laugh and some lunch in the office with the Op Hub team

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

Being given the opportunity to step up as program manager and lead such a dedicated and inspiring team.

Oh and also learning to weave. It’s much, much harder than it looks.