Chris Mayo is an 18-year-old student enrolled in the Learn, Earn, Legend! program who is on the way to achieving his dream of becoming a teacher.
The Learn, Earn, Legend! (LEL) program is funded by the Australian Government and is operated by the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.
Chris first heard about LEL from a program mentor in year 10, and over three years later has acquired his Diploma of Education and is employed at two workplaces.
"I've got a job now at Heatley State School as a teacher aide for students which helps me earn and learn at the same time and sets me up for my career really well," Chris said.
"I also have a job at Hungry Jacks, except I end up spending it all on my shoes!"
Mentors within the LEL program assist students in a variety of ways, according to their individual needs.
"During year 10 through to year 12 I was involved in the program and also participated in the other opportunities open to me – I've been able to get my teaching career off to a good start with some teaching roles."
The program strives to strengthen Indigenous youth through education and the development of working partnerships across our community and family support networks.
Chris's success is underpinned by a support network including RATEP (Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Program), his school's Community Education Counsellor, his parents and others.
Of his mentor, Chris shared that she "came to the school often to regularly touch base and that helped - she told us all about the program and what to do and how to make the most of it."
Chris would like to teach his own class one day, preferably at his former primary or secondary school.
Great work Chris - we can't wait to see what you achieve next! Go to Learn, Earn, Legend for more information.