BRISBANE Broncos star Anthony Milford returned to his old high school, St Peter Claver College, Riverview, to help launch the 2018 Beyond the Broncos program.
The Beyond the Broncos Indigenous mentoring program aims to improve school attendance rates and Year 12 attainment rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in eight high schools across the Greater Brisbane region.
Through the program a dedicated team of Broncos' Indigenous support staff provide one-on-one mentoring support, encouragement and motivation for students to achieve maximum school attendance, effort and behaviour and to complete Year 12.
This year the program supports around 185 students in Years 10 to 12.
Milford celebrated the occasion by handing over a commemorative plaque that recognised his former school's partnership with the Beyond the Broncos program before sitting in as program ambassadors Justin Hodges, Scott Prince, and Bo de la Cruz spoke to the students on what to expect for the new year and reiterated the importance of school attendance.
The Broncos five-eighth spoke to students in a question and answer (Q&A) session alongside Alexia Baker from the Queensland Firebirds, highlighting the importance of working hard, and how that effort has translated to his career now as a National Rugby League superstar.
“The amount of time and effort you put in is what you get out of it, so the harder you work, the rewards will come, and you get them at the end," he said.
Milford said he definitely would have benefited from the Beyond the Broncos program while he was in high school.
“If I had someone mentoring me while I was going through [high school] it would have helped me out heaps and benefited [from being] in a small group as well.
“You get more help, and it would have been cool".
Milford told the students he was enrolling in a diploma of youth work after completing his cert IV while in Canberra and highlighted that even when playing sport at the top level “you've always just got to try make time" for your education.
“Everything counts, and it all adds up at the end," he said.
Beyond the Broncos program ambassadors will visit 35 schools across Queensland and New South Wales throughout term one.
They will return every term to conduct unique personal development workshops in each school every term to help educate and motivate young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.