Mekayla Cochrane is a proud Gomeroi woman, born and raised in Moree. Growing up in Moree, Mekayla is able to easily compare and identify where the system has failed the Aboriginal people in the community. Becoming a Project and Administration Officer with JR is giving her the opportunity to be able to hopefully, have a positive impact on the community and encourage change for a brighter future, particularly for the youth.
Mekayla spends her free time with her son and volunteering in community where needed. With many of Mekayla’s family going through the system, she has experienced firsthand the impact it can have on families. She is passionate about breaking the cycle and the “normality” young people experience in their homes, with education as a main focus key.
Hearing about the community-led initiative Justice Reinvestment has to offer, intrigued her enough to apply to be a part of the team. She was extremely keen to be able to engage with community to work together in making their own decisions on what their people need to be able to succeed and grow. “I can’t wait to see how the community rise up and take back control of their lives, create a safe and stable homes, educate themselves and lead a promising future”