Denver D'Cruz shares a story about a young man who attends the Karratha Inclusive School Holiday Program:
Jordan (17) is a caring, warm young man who lives in Karratha. Jordan started coming along to the inclusive holiday program with his two brothers Jamelah (8) and Preston (9). Jordan was/is the primary carer for his little brothers during the holiday periods when their mum, Toni is at work. The boys initially got wind of a sports program and decided to come along and check out a session one day. After a slow and perhaps apprehensive start, the lads saw that they could all get involved and have a go at a range of different sports. They slowly started coming out of their shells and showing off some unique skills and gifts.
Jordan is a very protective and caring big brother and had obviously assumed the male-mentor role for the family when he had to. This program soon saw Jordan spending quality sibling-time with his two brothers and it was very clear that he dropped his guard and really let himself have a great time. Jordan helped not only his brothers develop skills but soon became a volunteer and a coach for many other little children. Jordan helped in food preparation and a host of different activities and his entire body language and persona developed to the stage where Jordan was recently able to gain his driver’s licence.
Jordan has also picked up a job at the Woolworths Deli and aspires to one day manage the store himself. Jordan is also really keen to get his Toyota 4WD up and running (currently in parts) so he doesn’t have to borrow his mum’s car every time he would like to go somewhere. The Inclusive Holiday Program has helped Jordan spend quality time with his brothers and it has also allowed him to lead groups and activities, helping to boost his sense of self-worth and belonging in his own local community. Jordan is a much loved part of the community and the Inclusive Holiday Program has helped him make many new friends that he engages with now on a daily basis.