IAA Relationship Manager Matt Lancaster recently had the opportunity to attend the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) gathering held at the Novotel in Olympic Park, Sydney, on 7 September.

The event, called “Straight Talk” was an opportunity to participate in speed mentoring, and gave Matt the chance to share his story and talk about the value of a career in accounting to an audience of 45 Indigenous Year 9 and 10 students from around the country.


The mentoring program, created by the Smith Family, is a government funded program aimed at closing the gaps in Indigenous educational disadvantage by creating greater access to additional education choices for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students – particularly those from remote and very remote areas of the country.

“The students were a little shy at first however it didn’t take them very long to jump out of their shells and start asking questions. I had the best day hanging out with these young men and women, laughing and sharing stories” said our RM.

“To be given the opportunity to sit with students and try and lift their ceiling of aspiration… it makes days like these unforgettable.”