Child and Youth Programs

From guitar lessons to rock climbing, Aboriginal art lessons and a debutante ball, KARI’s Child and Youth Programs offer activities that will not only entertain and educate, but more importantly offer Aboriginal children a sense of belonging.

Vacation Care

KARI knows the school holidays can be a tough time for families – organising activities for school-aged children can become a bit of a daily battle. That’s why we offer a vacation care program for Aboriginal children and young people in Sydney’s South West. With activities ranging from surfing and rock climbing, to bowling, movies, cultural and art programs, your children are sure to find something of interest.

This program is an opportunity for Aboriginal children to experience new activities and build relationships with other young Aboriginal people in their community. Parents are invited to book their child into one activity every school holidays.

Aboriginal Art

This program teaches local community members about Aboriginal art, both traditional and contemporary, while providing them with the skills to teach others. Tailored to suit everyone from student school groups to adult group classes, the program is taught by locally and internationally-renowned artists with the hope of increasing the artistic confidence of all who attend.

Multidisciplinary Playgroup

Children can sometimes experience behavioural and developmental challenges, so KARI’s Aboriginal Community Playgroup offers a support-based program with the help of a psychologist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist. All three are on-hand to address any concerns you might have about your child.

The many benefits to coming along include:

  • Receiving support for your child’s speech, language, motor skills, behaviour and overall learning.
  • Having your child’s development monitored by a multidisciplinary team.
  • Giving your child the opportunity to have free play, hear a story, participate in craft activities, as well as meet and interact with other children. Morning tea is also provided.


Parent and Bub’s Swimming Program

Aimed at Aboriginal children or infants aged 0-3 years, KARI’s free Parents and Bub’s Swimming Program has been developed to allow parents to engage in the swimming program with their children.

Held at the Michael Wenden Leisure Centre, these free swimming lessons allow each child or infant to be assessed in regards to water safety and swimming ability. Once they have reached a certain stage (e.g. closing mouth when underwater), the instructor will move onto the next stage of teachings.

Learn to Swim Program

Aimed at Aboriginal children between the ages of 0-16 years, KARI’s Free Community Swim Group has been developed to increase water safety, confidence and to teach children how to be water wise.

Held at the Michael Wenden Aquatic Leisure Centre, the free swimming lessons offer children the chance to improve their health and fitness, increase their overall confidence and even learn how to save someone else’s life.

Debutante Ball

The annual KARI and NSW Police Force Debutante Ball is run in partnership with our local police commands, Liverpool and Green Valley Local Area Command. Designed to close the gap between the Aboriginal community and the NSW Police Force, the event sees Aboriginal women between the ages of 16-25 join partners provided by the police commands for a night of dancing and a sit-down meal. The young women are also presented to the community by someone who holds a senior position within a local organisation, as per the traditional model of debutante balls.

Both KARI staff and police mentor the girls around healthy relationships and self-esteem, creating an advocacy to the police so the young women know it’s a safe place to go should they ever feel the need.

Music and Singing

Do you love singing or playing the guitar, but really can’t afford music lessons?

KARI has partnered with Blake Ralph Recording Studio and Songbird Vocals to give students with a passion for music the chance to receive free vocal or guitar lessons for a 12-month period.

Blake Ralph Recording Studio

A talented singer and songwriter who calls Moorebank home, Blake Ralph is committed to giving other young people the same opportunities he had while growing up. He offers singing and guitar lessons weekly during school term, and all resources are provided. All you’ll need to arrange is a lift to and from the studio.

Songbird Vocals

Songbird Vocals is owned and operated by Sarah Bertram, a gifted singer and songwriter based in Bankstown. Sarah has a passion for working with young people in her local community and firmly believes in equal opportunity for all of her students. Her studio is located in Panania and singing lessons are run weekly during school term, with all resources provided. Students in the program will need to make their own way to and from each lesson.

The Vocal Identification Program (VIP)

Operating in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, the VIP Program aims to seek out young Aboriginal singers from the local South West Sydney area, and provide them with unique opportunities to develop their performance skills. Those wishing to take part in the program need to fill out an application and take part in an audition, which will be held during term two of the school year.

For more information contact Cheryl Ralph on (02) 8782 0300.


If you’re interested in any of the programs listed on our website, please complete our expression of interest form, or join our online mailing list, and we’ll be in touch when these programs become available.

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