EIGHT Bendigo students expanded their cultural horizons as part of the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.
The students, from Catholic College Bendigo, took part in Michael Long's The Long Walk in Melbourne last week and attended the annual AFL Dream time at the G clash between the Essendon and Richmond football clubs.
They met with federal and state politicians and prominent Indigenous Australians, including sports people and musicians.
CCB Koori support worker Faye Van der Paal said it was an important learning experience for the students.
"It was really good for the kids," she said.
"They were able to get out of their comfort zones and meet people they wouldn't normally meet."
The program is a federal government initiative and is coordinated by an organisation in Mildura.
Ms Van der Paal said it involved students from year 7 to year 12 and played an important role in keeping indigenous young people interested in education.