Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz has finalised her visits for the quarter, travelling to all six sites over the past 10 weeks.
Haintz spent time in the Mid West region before travelling to the Kimberley sites in Halls Creek and Derby, and finished by visiting Carnarvon.
After attending steering committee meetings and speaking with various stakeholders across the communities, Haintz said she was impressed with the way the program was running across the State.
“To see the program running so successfully is a wonderful indication of the passion our staff have for Shooting Stars, and also their relationships with our students,” Haintz said.
“Our values of pride, respect and success are at the cornerstone of everything we do, and that is fundamental to the program’s aim.”
The Shooting Stars program is now fully staffed with a team of 16, with 60% of employees identifying as Indigenous.
Excitingly, 60% of the 300 participants are maintaining an average school attendance rate of over 80%.
“To see the program affecting genuine change in these communities is something we pride ourselves on,” Haintz said.
“Our goal is to keep our participants in school for longer, so to see them engaging with their education is certainly a positive.”
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars aims to use netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
The program now engages close to 300 students across six delivery sites; namely Halls Creek, Derby, Carnarvon, Meekatharra, Wiluna and Mullewa, with more than 60% of the students now attending school at a rate of 80% or higher, and a 10-12% increase in attendance across all sites year on year from 2016.
To learn more about the Shooting Stars program, including information about making philanthropic donations and corporate partnerships visit www.shootingstars.com.au