Shooting Stars creates pathways for young leader

November 8, 2018

Shooting Stars is pleased to announce Kirsten Howard as the new Acting Program Coordinator for its Derby site.

Howard’s pathway with Shooting Stars started in 2016 as the first Indigenous woman to undertake the Program’s traineeship pathway.

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.

The traineeship program was the ideal platform for the mother of two to find a way to balance work and motherhood.

Following her traineeship Howard was offered a full-time position with Shooting Stars as the Assistant Program Coordinator within Derby and has since progressed to become the Acting Program Coordinator.

Howard said she was proud to be involved in a program that provides opportunities for young Indigenous women.

“When I was at school there was nothing major for the girls, it was always boys,” she said.

“One of the biggest changes I have seen in these girls in school is their confidence, they try everything that’s handed to them.”

“Shootings Stars has helped me because I used to be really shy, when I was in school I never used to talk, but now I am more out there and I talk to everybody.”

Shooting Stars has eight sites across WA which engage with over 350 students, with the objective to work with 20 schools by 2021.

Shooting Stars Executive Offer Fran Haintz said Howard was a fantastic example of the pathways Shooting Stars offers to Aboriginal women within regional Western Australia.

“It’s been outstanding to see Kirsten not only act as a positive role model for the young girls in our program, but her personal development has been remarkable,” Haintz said

“She is a credit to Shooting Stars and her pathway through the traineeship program is proof to our participants that if you are given an opportunity you can accomplish your goals.” 

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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 83% 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