Shooting Stars is today proudly celebrating International Women’s Day, encouraging its participants and supporters to Be Bold for Change.
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars uses netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at schools of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns, with a view to expand into other parts of the State and even beyond WA into other States and Territories.
Shooting Stars is delivered in Derby, Meekatharra, Wiluna, Carnarvon, Halls Creek and Mullewa, and engages more than 260 students, with more than 20% of these students having increased their attendance by more than 10%, equating to an additional five days per term.
Pivotal to the success of Shooting Stars is the team of 14, all female staff located throughout the State. Of this group, 50% are Indigenous, representing a significant achievement for the program as the students engage with role models they can connect with.
Shooting Stars Executive Officer, Fran Haintz, believes the empowerment of young girls and women is the cornerstone of the program.
“The value of education cannot be understated and in Shooting Stars we aim to provide an avenue through which these young women can realise their true potential,” Haintz said.
“Participation in the program enables the girls to have a taste of success to improve their self-image, develop hope and aspirations about their future, and provide motivation to attend school to achieve those aspirations.”
“Ultimately, we want to empower the local communities within which our programs exist to lead social change.”
Shooting Stars participants across the State have celebrated International Women’s Day with a variety of functions, including a community breakfast in Carnarvon and similar lunch events in Derby and Halls Creek, all celebrating positive female role models from their respective communities.
Shooting Stars is proudly supported by the Australian Government.
For more information, visit www.shootingstars.com.au