YACVic wishes Mutti Mutti, Wemba Wemba, Boon Wurrung, Trawlwoolway and Lardil man Indi Clarke well on his next steps, after the Koorie Youth Council (KYC) announced he is stepping down as Executive Officer.
Indi’s journey with KYC started when he attended the first-ever Koorie Youth Summit back in 2014. He went on to join the KYC Executive in 2015, a group of 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people living in Victoria who guide and support KYC’s work.
Indi’s deep passion and dedication for strength-based, community approaches to supporting Aboriginal young people has been pivotal in advancing KYC and the rights and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
As noted by KYC, “Indi’s achievements include major projects such as Ngaga-dji (hear me): voices for youth justice, the self-determination of the Marram Nganyin Youth mentoring program, development and launch of Wayipunga resource, five Koorie Youth Summits, mentoring and championing our deadly Executive, growing the team from 5 staff members to 12, as well as his incredible leadership during a pandemic.”
Indi has also been instrumental in building KYC into a strong and mature organisation, with a talented and dedicated team, and exceptional relationships across government and the community sector.
Indi’s legacy at KYC will continue to impact the broader youth sector, and create positive, social change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for years to come.
“I thank Indi for being a passionate and committed advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people over many years. He has inspired the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to reach for KYC’s vision to collectively create their own future,” says Katherine Ellis, YACVic CEO.
“Indi will be very much missed at KYC, at YACVic and in the youth sector more broadly. His leadership, passion, and ability to bring together people from different communities to walk alongside KYC and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people has been outstanding.”
YACVic wishes Indi well on his next steps and looks forward to celebrating his future achievements.
Pictured above: Indi Clarke