The Power Intercultural Program is designed to celebrate vibrancy of cultural diversity and expression, promote inclusion and build social cohesion by recognising the positive contribution of different cultures within Australia.
The program is delivered to secondary school students in Years 10 and 11 from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Sessions are delivered by current and past Port Adelaide Football Club players with a focus on personal identity, developing an understanding of cultural differences and AFL game development.
As an extension to the program, schools are invited to attend an annual carnival day where students represent their school in a 9 a-side football competition and participate in additional activities which includes an interactive careers exhibition to promote meaningful pathways.
Students and families are also invited to attend a Port Adelaide Football Club game at Adelaide Oval with the opportunity to participate in the AFL curtain raiser and pre-game cultural performance which celebrates cultural diversity and social cohesion.
The Centre for Islamic Thought & Education at the University of South Australia conducted an external review on the Power Intercultural Program to explore identity, culture and Aboriginal history.
Key findings include:
- Interaction with different age and background groups brings joy, patience, advances awareness and understanding and is a plus for developing personal skills
- The program is an avenue for practicing calmness and patience for reflection and tolerance and an avenue for a joyful place that encourages better feelings
- The program provides a platform of awareness and interactions with different identities and helps in creating a feeling of belonging to a group.
- Through the program, identity becomes a bridge to interact, understand and respect people and a platform to eradicate identity misconceptions.
- Participating students are also invited to attend an annual carnival, Leadership Program and Family Event.
- The program helps participants to open about their identity and cultural backgrounds as well as open their minds by giving more insights on different cultures and backgrounds
- The program helps participants to bring forward their own cultural backgrounds, to connect back with their own cultures.
- The program helps participants to be proud of Aboriginal history and culture, eager to leave Aboriginal history and to respect and value Aboriginal culture.
- Sport drives people to be committed, motivated and feel a sense of belonging while promoting teamwork
Direct enquiries to Youth Programs Coordinator, Cam Sutcliffe via email@example.com