We understand there are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfilment – “To love, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.”  The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economic wellbeing and health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. The need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence and contribution to our culture and to that of wider society., Gugan Gulwan believes that each of these needs is vitally important and any one of these needs, unmet, reduces the quality of a person’s life.

Gugan Gulwan is committed to assisting young people achieve balance in these areas of their lives, The principle of adult competency is to have power to create a quality of life, develop and use the ability to act with integrity in any moment of choice – whether that choice is planning the week, handling a crisis, responding to our conscience, building a relationship or taking some time out for ourselves.

Aboriginal young people need support to achieve a balanced life filled with integrity, honesty and empathy for others. Gugan Gulwan work with young people so they develop self confidence in all aspects of their lives and a desire to be involved with things that represent the deepest and best within us. Gugan Gulwan supports young people being able to understand each other and from a shared understanding, become willing and able to help one another.  Competent Adults gain respect from their peers, underlings and Elders. Competent Adults are flexible people, they demonstrate a capacity to change and learn from negative past experiences. They do more than just survive, they create and live a life impassioned by the sense of unique contribution that is theirs to make. Competent Adults are empowered to live, love and learn with greater meaning in their lives, and are able to participate in happy, healthy relationships, in loving families and are able to communicate emotions and feelings. The work Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation does with young people now has an intergenerational impact for individuals, families and communities; breaking the cycle of disadvantage now and for future generations.

Board of Directors Workshop Statement, July 2009