Rising Leaders

The Stephen Michael Foundation Rising Leaders program utilises sport to engage, encourage and support the development of school students as leaders amongst their peers and within their communities. The program also helps students develop personal skills to manage stressful situations and regulate problematic emotions when they arise. The Rising Leaders program involves both practical and theoretical activities including:

  • Self-awareness and identity
  • Teamwork
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness
  • Aboriginal Culture
  • Internet Awareness
  • Vilification
  • Leadership and decision making
  • AFL coaching and umpiring
  • Football, Basketball, Netball and Cricket skill development
  • Event management and work placement

For more information about the Rising Leaders program contact Liam Anthony on 0408 929 960 or

Culture Through Sport

The Stephen Michael Foundation has developed the “Culture Through Sport” program which provides school students with an opportunity to learn, appreciate and experience aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by engaging in traditional Aboriginal games.

The Culture Through Sport program features a range of activities including:

  • Cultural Awareness and education from local elder
  • Understandings of NAIDOC
  •  Vision of “Nyoongar Footy Magic” documentary series
  • History, explanation, and delivery of Traditional Aboriginal games
  • Education on the significance of NAIDOC Week
  • Participation in a Traditional Aboriginal Games tournament
  • Cultural Awareness – Specifics of Noongar Land
  • Opportunity to learn local Aboriginal Elders
  • Train-the-trainer program for teachers and staff

For more information about the Culture Through Sport program please contact Jade Wyllie on 0447 784 423 or

All Abilities Youth Capacity  Program

The SMF Youth Capacity Program (YCP) will support youth with a disability in the school environment, and then to increase connection to the local community through social interactions. The program will utilise sports-based activities to enhance the skills and confidence of youth and young adults with a disability through the delivery of personal development programs. Activities will include:

  • Appointment of young adults with a disability in part-time/casual/work placements
  • 6 week leadership program delivered to targeted Ed Support schools
  • AFL Umpire program to enhance communication and confidence Skill development activities
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Interschool sport carnivals
  • Disability awareness education

The benefits for participants engaged in the program include:

  • Nurturing life skills including communication and teamwork;
  • Increased social & community participation;
  • Participate in sport and recreational activities at school/community;
  • Increased social connection with peers/broader community;
  • Actively contribute to community projects

For more information about the Youth Capacity program please contact Andrew McCarrey on 0402 424 272 or

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