Josef is a proud Badtjala man from Kgari, youth mentor, and facilitator of GNL’s Nhangara Dance classes.
After finishing high school, Josef studied for his Certificate III in Aboriginal Dance at NAISDA Dance College, Australia’s premier Indigenous training college: “Growing up, I was taught cultural dancing by my community and have felt an affinity for dance and the creative arts ever since then.”
Josef has worked at GNL for 18 months but has been part of the GNL community for far longer: “I attended Barudir Youth Group all through high school. The connections I’ve made through Barudir; those guys are some of my closest friends. That’s how I met Bryce, the other youth mentor, and he moved in with us for a time. And the stuff I learned I have carried with me ever since – cultural knowledge and caring for health and wellbeing, mental and physical.”
His time with Barudir inspired Josef to work for GNL after finishing at NAISDA and to carry on the organisation’s positive impact with young people and community: “I wanted to get involved and work with Aboriginal youth. I think this is the best way I can make an impact for our community. I love facilitating the dance group. I love being able to share stories with these young kids. I’ve noticed that once they know the choreography, they start to help each other, and I love seeing that.”