Why Invest in Shooting Stars?
Shooting Stars is tailored to support the community, and in turn needs the community to support it. Shooting Stars works together with local community groups to empower whole communities.
Each girl is expected to foster their own community spirit by playing at inter-school carnivals, undertaking umpiring and coaching courses, and engaging in cultural arts festivals.
Shooting Stars is a program designed to acknowledge and embrace – not change – the Indigenous culture embedded in the character and lives of its participants.
Aboriginal practices such as yarning circles throughout the program and taking the girls on Culture Camps embraces and celebrates Aboriginal culture, which is so important for our ‘stars’ to experience and strengthen.
Shooting Stars empowers young women from the communities in which it operates by providing traineeship pathways to take control of their education and realise their full potential. Through the program these women become positive role models for the younger generation – promoting organic social change. Shooting Stars plants the seeds that empower communities to continue to build capacity long after the original program organisers have left, creating a sustainable future.
The response and success of Shooting Stars has been significant. On average, participants of the program now attend school at a rate of over 80%, with over 60% maintaining or improving their attendance rate at school each year. Kirsten Howard from Derby was the first Aboriginal young woman to complete the trainee pathway.
Kirsten is now the first official employee to successfully finish an employment pathway with Shooting Stars. She is the personification of the Shooting Stars mission, and we look forward to seeing the current participants enjoy the same successful outcomes.
Every Shooting Stars site location is tailored to fit the school’s unique philosophy. Creating a fixed program for schools would result in poor results. Shooting Stars is tailored and fluid to meet the needs, culture and philosophy of the individual school community, without losing sight of its mission. This is the secret of Shooting Stars’ success.
In Australia, there is a pool of programs tailored for Indigenous boys to help them further progress in sport, education and employment. For girls, there are far less available.
The programs available to girls are typically run by men or non-Indigenous women. Shooting Stars distinguishes itself by engaging Indigenous women to participate in the program, modeling positive gender and culturally appropriate role models. Currently, 75% of Shooting Stars’ employees are Indigenous, and as the program grows, so will this number.
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