Brother to Another began as a voluntary program in Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in 2020, with the premise of activities and learnings being youth led. During these sessions, young people in Don Dale, expressed their concerns of how they don't have many interactions with services which are led by Aboriginal men. As such, young people were given the opportunity to develop what a case management and mentoring service they'd like would look like. The young people in B block created the name 'Brother to Another'. From there, countless other First Nation's young people and families experiencing the NTY youth detention system, discussed and shaped the Brother to Another service, one that is First Nation's led and engages in our way, with our strengths and culture.
Today, Brother to Another LTD is a registered Not-for-profit charity (with DRG status) based in the greater Darwin Region. Brother to Another has an all First Nation's board and team, that aims to guide and empower First Nation’s young people families and communities towards the tools, resources, and life skills necessary for healing.
We are First Nation's men, who focus on strong, genuine relationships and comprehensive strategy and to build the strengths of the social, emotional and cultural well-being in our communities.
Meet the team
At Brother to Another, we recognise the power of lived experience, as such we bring in a powerfully impactful team of First Nation's men, who share their knowledge and experiences of life as Aboriginal people, their places in society and professional knowledge of the systems which disproportally affect Aboriginal youth and families..
Kungarakan, Bardi, Bunarugumm
Larrakia, Malak Malak, Yanuwa
Youth and Family Lead
Western Arrernte/ Luritja
Cultural lead/ family and youth worker
Jacob (2nd from left)
Malak Malak, Warrumungu
Casual Youth worker
OUR CORE VALUES
Culture and Identity
Culture and identity is at the forefront of everything we do. We strive to keep developing our knowledge and our sense of self
Relationships, development, and respect
The forefront of any human interaction is the connection to one another. In a world of disconnect, B2A focuses on building and nurturing relationships to achieve outcomes.
As a charity designed to improve life outcomes for some of the most disadvantaged populations in Australia, we carry a great sense of accountability to the entire community. Accountability to the needs of the young people, to their families, to the communities they belong to, the government and other partnering services
Safety and ethics
Maintained through best practice, expert advisory, risk mitigation and continuous quality improvement.
The B2A does not work siloed; genuine partnerships are essential to achieving any outcome. There will be a focus on learning from strengths, resource sharing and fostering genuine partnerships, which will be essential to achieving meaningful and sustainable impact outcomes.
Voices of young people, families and community at the forefront, backed by comprehensive data and robust monitoring and evaluation processes. At the heart of the solutions we seek, are the voices of young people, their families and community.
Accountable. Cultural. Sustainable
The Brother to Another board consists of First Nation's people with expertise and experience in organisational governance and risk, financial management, compliance and lived experiences as First Nation's people.
Brother to Another will be recruiting 2 x board members to strengthen and bolster governance and financial expertise in mid 2023.