“I have experienced a lot in my life and that is why I wanted to become a youth ambassador with Just Reinvest. I hope to be able to use this position to advocate for other Koori kids who are going through what I went through and hopefully prevent the future generations from being affected by the same systems I grew up in. I like the concept behind Just Reinvest and how the organisation understands that Aboriginal people have the solutions to the issues that affect us and that we just need to support communities to heal themselves.”
Some Isaiah’s work includes:
- leading with Terleaha a youth-led project called Mounty Yarns- the lived experiences of Aboriginal young people in Mt Druitt
- Instigating and leading a community OzTag team – Native Sons
- Sharing his story with young men in youth justice centres
- Advocacy around community-led solutions, changing policing practices and raising the age of criminal responsibility.
Read an Op-Ed Isaiah and Terleaha wrote here – https://www.smh.com.au/national/do-you-fear-us-why-else-does-a-10-year-old-aboriginal-kid-need-to-be-caged-20200727-p55fxb.html