Self Made Indigenous Corporation (SMIC) was founded by husband and wife, Aaron & Quintilla Sutton in 2019. Their board members consist of Warumungu, Noogar and Baardi people who bring personal experience, a diverse range of knowledge, visionary thinking and a shared commitment for driving a grass roots perspective to make a difference in their communities. SMIC's goals are to enhance mental health and wellbeing in the Indigenous community through the 3 programs they provide.
Happy Feet Program: We support 5 communities in WA & the NT through our Happy Feet Program. This program provides essentials of clothing, shoes, back to school and emergency care packs to the communities we work with, we have formed connections with the communities who help us distribute the donations to those who are in need. Through this program we have diverted over 7,000kg of clothing and shoes to be reused, rather than going to landfill. With an impact of 10,000 people that we have supported through this program.
Deadly Minds Program: This program is a safe space created for Indigenous Youth to come together and yarn about mental health. Changing the stigma in talking about how they are feeling and using stories, an art curriculum that can be used as therapeutic interventions to relieve stress and anxiety, improving their mental health and well being. We have provided a safe space for University students and were part of the Indigenous NAIDOC Netball carnival where we had 150 kids participate in an art activity for the day to highlight the awareness of mindfulness through art.
Dreamers Program: Our dreamers program supports University and High school students in finding their purpose and interest. We believe through partnerships with corporations we are able to expose them to multiple professions which will spark interests and give these youth a better understanding for the roles corporations offer. We work closely with these students to provide mentorship, planning their pathway, building up their confidence and providing them with opportunities that will enhance their skills and knowledge.
CLOTHING, SHOES, SOCKS & SCHOOL EQUIPMENT
DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO COMMUNITIES AROUND AUSTRALIA
HAPPY FEET (Donations) PROGRAM
Through donation drives of purchased or collected clothing, shoes, school supplies and emergency care packs we are able to provide these necessities to socially vulnerable Indigenous communities around Australia.
DEADLY MINDS PROGRAM
A safe space for Indigenous youth, using an art curriculum that can be used as therapeutic interventions to stress and anxiety, improving their mental health and wellbeing.
We strive to give Indigenous youth mentoring and support, building capacity and self sufficiency for them to be effective leaders and contributors to their community.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Self Made Indigenous Corporation works with organisations who provide us with financial support, inkind support, ideas and more, to help us empower Indigenous youth and communities.