Trei Stewart is a Youth Ambassador for Just Reinvest NSW.
Trei is 21 years old and grew up in Nowra and the La Perouse community. He is from the Yuin nation that surrounds Wreck bay on the NSW South coast. Trei had a difficult childhood being removed from his family and separated from his siblings at a young age. He first got involved with Weave Youth and
Community Service’s Kool Kids Club program in 2005 when he was 7 years old. Kool Kids Club is a
prevention and early intervention initiative providing free after school and holiday activity programs in La Perouse and the surrounding areas. The program supports the development of well being, resilience and life skills for children and young people, fostering protective factors by building on young people’s strengths and enhancing their connections with community and family. The programs are designed to challenge and enhance children’s abilities and life skills. Trei understands first hand the importance of justice reinvestment and knows that without access to programs and support through Weave he may have ended up in the criminal justice system himself. It’s that passion that moved Trei to continue his time at Weave and become a Weave Youth Advocate and mentor.
Trei has been an ambassador for Just Reinvest NSW since the launch at Government House in 2012. He has presented at national and state conferences, spoken with the media, supported young people in school and traveled to Uluru to participate in a leadership course. He believes that justice reinvestment is important to give young Aboriginal people support and positive mentors so they do not go down the wrong path.