Shooting Stars staff from Derby, Meekatharra and Carnarvon have travelled to Perth to complete a two-day course at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).
Derby Assistant Program Coordinator Kirsten Howard, Carnarvon Assistant Program Coordinator Tiare Lesa and Meekatharra Program Coordinator Lynley Jetta will all undertake the Assertive Communication for Women program over the next two days.
The workshop will ensure participants walk away with the confidence and skill to be highly effective with their communication with people at all levels, with Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz noting the importance of continued learning.
“As a program, we’re incredibly proud to promote individual learning for our staff members, whether that be in and around their program sites or in Perth,” Haintz said.
“Our core business is growing our participants, and in order to do that, it’s imperative we continue to grow our own people.”
“I’m confident the workshop will deliver fantastic results back in their individual programs, and it’s exciting to see our staff continue to push their own individual boundaries.”
Shooting Stars is now fully staffed, with 75% being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, something Haintz said the program prided itself on.
“One of our key drivers is our Indigenous employment strategy, and to be able to say that three out of every four staff members is Aboriginal is something we’re very proud about.”
“All our staff members are extremely dedicated to living and working in their own communities and are outstanding role models for our participants.”
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 300 students across six 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 and corporate partnerships, visit www.shootingstars.com.au