Binar at a Glance
Binar is the Noongar word for meteor – when the Spirit Mother’s children on Earth are in need of help, she sends her star children home in the form of meteors
Binar began in 2011 as one local basketball team of six Indigenous youths supported by our founder Adam Desmond
Binar has grown to now having over 1,800 young people (78% Aboriginal) involved in the Perth Metro area and surrounds
Our programs now include Sports, Culture, Youth Leadership and Youth Development
More than this, we have become a support system and extended family to everyone involved
Binar has been sustained as a grassroots organisation by a huge effort from volunteers and philanthropic donations from individuals and local businesses
Our story speaks to a culture that values community, family, and connection to country
For Aboriginal youth to build positive futures for themselves, their families, communities and culture
To engage Aboriginal youth, promote healthier lives, and develop more resilient and empowered young people who can build positive futures
What We Value
Bringing people into contact with Aboriginal culture reinforces identity, builds pride and confidence for our Aboriginal youth. Representing Binar carries the privilege and responsibility of honouring our own culture.
Our relationships are founded on respect for others and ourselves. By being respectful with one another, we have built a solid reputation for being trustworthy and culturally safe.
Binar helps young people build resilience in all aspects of their life. We encourage them to ask for help when they need it, look after one another and power through adversity. We recognise we are stronger together.
Binar values Aboriginal people's connection to family, community and country. Connection brings a sense of belonging that we extend to all Binar members regardless of their background.
We believe everyone deserves equity of opportunity to become the best person they can be. We strive to provide opportunities to young people that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
We offer genuine opportunities to Aboriginal youth that allow them to exercise self-determination and build their own positive futures
Our athletes are a testament to what can be achieved with encouragement and support, in spite of many having experienced significant life challenges. They are deeply invested in team success and motivated to pursue healthy lifestyles that lead to important outcomes within and beyond sport. Mental health follows from physical exertion, positive experiences of working with a team and encountering respect and support from those around them.
Binar provides young people with a place to go that is unconditionally safe and welcoming. With a stable foundation and positive role models, young people are able to focus on creating positive change in their lives. Our young leaders are given real responsibilities and opportunities to develop skills, and to mentor and coach others. We encourage community-mindedness and activities that promote a future where our youth grow stronger as a unit and provide one another with support.
With this initiative, our goal is to promote opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfil their potential. Our homework classes allow students to raise questions they may be tentative to ask in school and to receive individualised attention. We partner with universities and employment service providers to facilitate education and career pathways and help our young people become job ready.
Binar actively promotes Aboriginal history and heritage in the community and celebrates Aboriginal living culture. We connect children and young people with Aboriginal stories about the land, animals, cultural practices and Dreamtime. Aboriginal cultural teachers (including Binar’s youth leaders) involve children and young people in Binar programs and local schools in contemporary Aboriginal visual art practices, plus traditional songs and dances.
Midland Junction Lotteries House
39 Helena St, Midland WA 6056
PO Box 5089, Centrepoint Midland WA 6056