What the JSK Fund does

The focus of the JSK Fund is providing opportunities for young people from a range of backgrounds so that they may contribute to their communities in a positive way. The projects we funded in 2017 and are funding in 2018 are as follows:

1. Scholarships for the Aurora Internship Project

The Aurora Project arranges for law and social science students to undertake internships with indigenous organisations. In 2017, the JSK Fund provided scholarships to two young people to undertake scholarships through the Aurora Project. In 2018 we will again provide funding for two Indigenous scholarships.

In 2017 Alex Ross received a scholarship, to enable her to travel to, and live in, Broome for an internship at the Kimberly Land Council (KLC). Alex volunteered the skills she is learning at law school, and further developed those skills, through the internship. Alex writes:

“…my Aurora placement landed me right where I needed to be – in the incredible town of Broome, on Yawuru country… I was lucky enough to be awarded the John Skipper Kelly (JSK) scholarship through Aurora, which covered my flights and accommodation in Broome, as well as contributing to my living expenses during my internship. I’m very grateful to the JSK fund – Broome is an amazing place, but its remoteness and tourism credentials mean it’s not a cheap place to live, and without this scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to accept my placement at KCLS, and to have the amazing experience that I had.”

The JSK Fund also recently provided a scholarship to another law student, Mollie O’Connor, to undertake an Aurora internship with the Queensland South Native Title Service (QSNTS). Mollie was a great asset to the team at the QSNTS and as a result was offered the opportunity to work with them throughout the following semester. This is a great result for Mollie, QSNTS and Aurora – to date 590 Aurora internship alumni have undertaken paid employment in the Indigenous sector.

In 2015, the JSK Fund gave its first scholarship to Bronte Wynn to complete an internship with the Northern Land Council. In 2016 the JSK Fund donated $6000 to the Aurora Project and funded Carla Scafi to complete an internship with a native title barrister in Sydney and Russell Byrnes to undertake an internship with the Environmental Defenders Office (Northern Territory).

 These scholarships are of great benefit to both the students – who develop their practical legal skills – and the public interest organisations they assist through their internships.

2. Oz Green Youth Leading the World Project

The JSK Fund has pledged $6000 to support Oz Green’s Youth Leading the world (YLTW) initiative in 2018

Through YLTW, Oz Green trains young people to tackle environmental problems facing the world today. This involves running an annual congress that identifies environmental problems, plans personal and community action for change and connects people with the power to make change locally and globally. YLTW trains facilitators to run these congresses and develops their skills in advocating for change.

Oz green has achieved significant outcomes. Since 2009, it has trained 690 YLTW facilitators to run YLTW congresses and has directly engaged 12, 000 young people.

The JSK Fund’s support enables Oz Green to provide subsidised leadership development, facilitator training and ongoing mentoring for young people who would not otherwise be able to participate.

3. Support for the Seed Mob

Seed is an Indigenous youth climate network. It is building a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to make climate justice real for Indigenous people. It does this by running campaigns that work to protect country, while also building the capacity of young people to be a part of creating positive change.

In 2017 the JSK Fund Provided $10,000 to Seed to support 20 Aboriginal young people from regional and remote communities in NSW and the Northern Territory (NT), to attend a three-day transformative summit - Power Shift. Power Shift is a national summit bringing together 700 AYCC and Seed members from across the country. Power Shift is an opportunity to excite, inspire and educate young people about climate change solutions and provide them with the skills they need to take action in their communities.

 Previous funding recipients

The JSK Fund has also supported the following organisations/projects:

Social Ventures Australia’s ‘Bright Sports Schools Connection

Activate Australia