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ADVERTISING PROMOTION 21 At the age of 23, Tyrone Roderick holds a permanent position as an Aboriginal community education officer and mentor for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mature-age students at the Inbarendi College Para West Adult Campus -- a secondary school for adults in Adelaide's northern suburbs. Since becoming the first person in his family to gain the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), Tyrone has become a positive role model and leader, not only in his family but also in the wider community. He now mentors and inspires other mature-age secondary school students to achieve their SACE. Tyrone is a Kokatha and Pitjatjatjatjara man from the west coast of SA and Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in central South Australia. He has been a leader in his family from a young age. With the passing away of his father while in police custody putting a heavy burden on his family, Tyrone recalls moving from home to home in Port Lincoln. "I was surrounded by drugs, alcohol, family violence and gambling and this had a huge effect on my life," he says. "I first experimented with drugs and alcohol at the age of 14, broke into businesses, stole cars to get me around and before I knew it, I was locked up in Magil Training Centre in Adelaide at 16. "It wasn't until my grandmother came to visit me in jail and told me about my uncles and the same pathway I was heading down was theirs, that I decided to make better choices for myself." Tyrone overcame huge adversity because he was motivated to show others how to overcome disadvantage. "Upon graduating from Para West Adult Campus in 2008, I became the first person in my family to gain the SACE. This was an achievement I didn't think could happen." His determination helped Tyrone seek out new opportunities with the Jobs Australia Foundation. He took part in the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, which provided an education in teamwork, leadership and skills development. "Becoming a permanent staff member is another significant milestone for me and the family, as I now can plan for my future better. "I know my journey has only just begun, but I have a huge amount of confidence in believing that I can achieve anything I want in life." Tyrone Roderick Indigenous Jobs Australia CUSTOMISE YOUR JOB SEARCH Visit MyCareer.com.au For more relevant search results.