Shooting Stars awarded 100 Women grant

November 5, 2018

Shooting Stars is pleased to be announced as one of the winners of a $30,000 grant from collective giving group 100 Women.

100 Women is driven by a passionate group of talented women, with a vision to ignite women’s philanthropy through the power of collective giving to advance the empowerment of all women.

100 Women awards grants to organisations that advance the safety, health, education and economic freedom of women and girls, with Shooting Stars one of four programs to be supported in 2018.

Shooting Stars is an initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia and uses netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.

100 Women Chair Alicia Curtis congratulated Shooting Stars on its successful grant application.

“100 Women members are excited to support Shooting Stars in their work to help young Aboriginal girls further their education,” she said.

“Education is a critical foundation for a life that is healthy, prosperous and happy. Further, greater levels of education has positive impacts beyond the individual, improving the lives of families and subsequent generations”.

Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said she was grateful for the program to be recognised by the group.

“Shooting Stars was drawn to the 100 Women Grant as their philosophy of helping to advance the empowerment of women is exactly what our program aspires to do,” Haintz said.

“We would like to thank 100 Women for this generous grant, which will support young Aboriginal girls in helping to achieve their full potential.”

100 Women is calling on all the courageous and determined men and women to join the movement and be the positive change they want to see in the world.

The award marks another milestone for Shooting Stars, which currently runs eight sites across Western Australia, with the program aspiring to work with 20 schools by the end of 2021.

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An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as vehicles to achieve its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.

The program now engages more than 350 students across eight delivery sites, with an average attendance improvement of 18% across the board, while 60% of participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above. Furthermore, the Program 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.

Shooting Stars enjoys the backing of the governing body for netball in Netball WA, and with that support comes nearly 100 years of professional expertise in community programs and development. To find out more about the program, including information about making philanthropic donations, visit www.shootingstars.com.au.