“I hope one day to attend university to study Aboriginal health and wellbeing so that I can return to Broome and help my community grow and thrive … Helping youth at risk has been a big thing for me because I grew up with lots of risks around me.”
Personal circumstances may have prevented Kaysanna Elap from achieving her desired ATAR but it certainly hasn’t stopped the 2019 Broome Girls Academy graduate’s determination to follow her dreams.
A role model who demonstrated leadership throughout her senior years, Kaysanna enrolled in a certificate in leadership with Vocational Training Services in Broome earlier this year. When she completed, she was offered a full-time role as a mentor and engagement officer for other young girls signing up for the course.
“Kaysanna is such a great mentor,” one of the girls said. “She really takes interest in you and makes you feel so comfortable and welcome in the space.”
For her part, Kaysanna is thankful for the mentoring and assistance she received at Girls Academy. “They were my support system and they really helped me get through school,” she said. “Being a part of the Girls Academy lifted a lot of pressure from me as I went through my ATAR courses.”
She also found great support at home. “My mum and aunty really value education and pushed me to finish Year 12 even though I had a lot of adversities.”
Kaysanna has also been working closely with Kimberley post-schools transition officer Nava Farro to find alternative pathways into university. They are putting together an application for the University of Western Australia, where Kaysanna hopes to pursue in an undergrad in Aboriginal health and wellbeing.