The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.
Using the passion Aboriginal boys have for aussie rules and rugby league allows Clontarf to attract the boys to school. But it is not a sporting programme.
Each Clontarf Academy, formed in partnership with the local school, is focussed on encouraging behavioural change, developing positive attitudes, assisting students to complete school and secure employment.
Fundamental to this, is the development of values, skills and abilities that will assist the boys to achieve better life outcomes.
Since opening the first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for about 2,800 boys in 54 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales.