ARTIE 2Pizza Capers has partnered with the ARTIE (Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education) Academy as a national sponsor for 2015, catering a launch event held at Urban Climb West End.

The ARTIE Academy is an initiative of the Former Origin Greats (FOGS) that assists to ‘Close the Gap’ in school attendance and educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Primary and Secondary State Schools throughout Queensland.

Pizza Capers General Manager Yvette Shearer said partnering up with the Academy provides a great opportunity for the brand to give back to the local community.

“The ARTIE Academy is all about assisting youth and the Indigenous community. We feel very honoured to be able to team up with the Academy and cater for their events so they can keep offering these amazing programs,” said Ms Shearer.

The first event of the year was the ARTIE Greats Excursion, which is a special event held annually for Year 11 ARTIE Students.

Held at Urban Climb, West End, the event inspired and encouraged students to build the necessary skills to successfully continue their schooling through to Year 12 and ultimately graduate High School.

FOGS Executive Chairman Gene Miles said these kinds of events are important to help identify the future leaders of our community.

“The ARTIE Greats Challenge is extremely important for our students on the pathway to Year 12. We are identifying future leaders as the students that are successful in the overall challenge will be seen as leaders within their school as well as their communities,” said Gene.

“The aim for all ARTIE Academy events is that the students are experiencing something they may not have had the opportunity to take part in should they not be an ARTIE Academy student.”

Events include motivational speakers and ARTIE Academy ambassadors to reinforce the Academy’s motto of Inspire, Encourage, Succeed.

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