A Shooting Star is Born
Shooting Stars is an initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, which uses netball and other tools as the vehicles to drive greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
In conjunction with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the our program was established in 2014, as part of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, with a successful pilot program in Halls Creek.
Shooting Stars works collaboratively with the local community, schools and service providers to affect genuine change in the lives of more than 350 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls across eight sites, namely; Carnarvon, Derby, Halls Creek, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mullewa, and Narrogin. We have a goal to work with 20 schools by the end of 2021.
Affecting Genuine Change
Importantly, we produce results. More than 30% of participants have improved their attendance term on term, which 60% of participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above. Furthermore, Shooting Stars is a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change, with 75% of its staff and 50% of its Board identifying as Indigenous.
The program enjoys with the backing of Netball WA, which brings almost 100 years of experience in of professional expertise in community programs and development, as well as the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, in addition
to numerous other organisations. Shooting Stars is also the Official Charity Partner of 2018 Suncorp Super Netball runners up, West Coast Fever.
Underpinning all that we do, are three values: Pride, Respect, Success.
We firmly believe that our staff and participants represent the
Program, their schools, their communities and themselves with pride, while also maintaining respect for themselves, others and their environment, and achieving and maintaining attendance and behaviours targets.
Our Business Model
The Shooting Stars Business Model is built on three pillars: Activities, Outcomes, Evaluation.
Our activities predominantly include reward camps, netball, health and wellbeing sessions and community events, and are intrinsically linked to our outcomes of community engagement, empowering Indigenous women, positive attitudes and school attendance. These are evaluated through attendance data, case studies, and the world-first Yarning Circles.
Shooting Stars is delighted to welcome the Hon Julie Bishop MP as the Program’s inaugural Patron.
Ms Bishop most recently served as the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2018, and was the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2018.
“I enjoyed playing netball for 30 years, not only for my love of the game and the health benefits but because the sport unites women and girls in communities across Australia,” Ms Bishop said.
“I am delighted to be named Patron of Shooting Stars.”