Our Commitment

To empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to speak and be heard

We work directly with youth, and harness the power of sport to create safe spaces for young people to work, study and live.


Creating a safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to grow and emerge

In 2011, Richmond Football Club established the Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI) as a centre of cultural strength and learning for Indigenous youth.

The words Korin Gamadji mean to ‘grow and emerge’ in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri people. These words were gifted to Richmond Football Club by Wurundjeri Elders for the creation of KGI. 

Since then, KGI have contributed to the growth of over 2500 emerging Indigenous leaders through Indigenous-led and designed programming and education. 

Our Impact

100% Indigenous staff

2500+ program participants

200 employed Indigenous youth leaders

1330 hours leadership programming

600 hours school programming

Our Team

Our people are the heart and soul of all we do. Our dedicated staff bring their unique stories and skills to keep us growing from strength to strength. 

Meet the team behind the scenes at Korin Gamadji Institute.

Angela Burt (Palawa)

Director of Indigenous Leadership

Brady Cooper (Yorta Yorta)

Programs Manager

Samantha Bice (Wonnarua)

Program Lead

Joel Garner (Mara)

Program Officer

Luke Murray (Yorta Yorta / Wamba Wamba)

Community Engagement Manager

Justin Trounsen (Dharug)

Community & Programs Psychologist

Natasha Lieschke

Indigenous Projects Executive


I never would have thought I would get to where I am today, KGI has given me the voice I did not know I had. I can go anywhere and KGI opened my eyes to that.
Participant Feedback
REAL Program
To have Aboriginal role models in the space, yarning about leadership, culture, and social and emotional wellbeing, in the context of learning new things, getting outside of comfort zones and having fun, was invaluable.
Teacher Feedback
REAL Schools Program
Upon reflection the Wukalina Walk allowed me to enhance my understanding of my culture and the importance of preserving thousands of years of knowledge. It has also highlighted the responsibility of us young mob in that we must utilise our opportunities and lead in any way that we can.
Participant Feedback
Advanced Leadership Program
Congratulations also on pulling together such a fantastic day! My young fella absolutely loved it, he's a huge Richmond fan and loved spending time down at Punt road. Justin's talk was especially enjoyed, and Jayden left today with genuine sense of what he might like to do beyond school.
Parent/Carer Feedback
Dream Big Expo

Korin Gamadji Institute

We extend our deepest respect to First Peoples and Traditional Owners of the land, air and waterways where we live and work.

Korin Gamadji means ‘grow and emerge’ in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri people. In 2011 these words were gifted to Richmond Football Club by Wurundjeri Elders, and the Korin Gamadji Institute was born.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have passed away.