Isaiah Dawe

Founder and CEO of ID. Know Yourself

2022 NSW Young Australian of the Year Nominee

A Butchulla and Gawara saltwater man, Isaiah Dawe has overcome plenty of barriers in life to inspire young Aboriginal people in and out of home care across New South Wales.

Isaiah drew from his experiences growing up in the care system to inspire positive change. Isaiah founded ID. Know Yourself – an Aboriginal mentoring organisation to support Aboriginal young people in and out of home care and in contact with the Juvenile Justice System.

There are thousands of Aboriginal children who live in care without their parents every single day. ID. Know Yourself provides a platform to create love, hope and family in their lives. It seeks to break the inter-generational trauma by establishing belonging, helping individuals discover their purpose and empowering them to make positive choices.

Through his leadership and determination, Isaiah has helped countless Aboriginal children in and out of home care to reconnect with culture and family in country. He’s given them a sense of their origins, belonging and identity and a deeper connection to community.