Jemal's story

"Ladder played a big role for all my achievement. If I didn’t have enough support at my diffcult time I wouldn’t be where I am today”

My name is Jemal and I first came to Australia in 2010 from a Kenyan refugee camp. My new life in South Australia wasn't without it's challenges and I found myself homeless. I sought refuge at Ladder and with their support, I got my life on track and managed to complete year 12.

Ladder allowed me to follow my passions and in 2016 I was awarded the prestigious Pride of Australia medal, which recognised my work helping children from Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp. I have always wanted to give back to the community where I came from.

Since graduating year 12, I've joined the South Australian Police Force as a Community Constable, where I help improve the relationship between police and young people from multicultural backgrounds. I look forward to a long career working with young people and supporting them the way Ladder supported me.

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