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Shayana Naden

I am a proud Aboriginal woman from Wiradjuri Country. I have a great understanding of my culture and I speak the traditional Wiradjuri welcoming.

I currently live in Bathurst NSW, as an undergraduate, studying in my 3rd year; Bachelor of Justice Studies (policing). My aim is to develop a career in the NSW Police Force as my interest is to help Aboriginal People and Youth within their communities.  My long term career goal is to prevent juveniles from a life time of crime and abuse through developing appropriate programs within the juvenile justice system. Juveniles and Crime has always been my interest; especially once completing ‘Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery’ (IPROWD) Program back in 2012.

During my school years, I have been involved in leadership roles. In primary school, I was a member of the prefect body and throughout my High school years I accepted the role as the Aboriginal School Representative.

I have been involved in Leadership programs with MADALAH in previous years. Being a part of mentoring has given me a vision in life and to deliver the role of a respectful leader to my siblings, younger cousins and community members. The scholarships I have been successful in receiving have helped me enormously along my journey of studying away from home and to continue with my career choice of soon to be a CSU graduate. Such as accommodation, textbooks and other expenses that are required to be successful with my studies.

One amazing experience I have had was being a part of the 32nd Advertisement for TAFE Western as a student in 2012, that was filmed in Dubbo NSW. Its intention was to help increase TAFE engagement with Young Aboriginal People as ‘Education is the key that Opens Doors’.

I was always told by my parents ‘The World is Your Oyster’. You have the ability and the freedom to do exactly what you want while you’re young and healthy, you’re free to go anywhere.

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