Shooting Stars has won a Strengthening Rural Communities Grant from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.
The funding has been set aside to support two Cultural Reward Camps in 2019 for the Shooting Stars Leonora Site.
Shooting Stars Cultural Reward Camps engage Participants with their education by developing their cultural understanding, fostering emotional and physical health and wellbeing, and engaging them with Aboriginal role models.
The Camps get the girls excited and optimistic about the Program and reinforce the expectations around attendance and behaviour to establish a positive cycle.
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is a not-for-profit organisation that harnesses the power of collective investment between government, business and philanthropy to improve the lives of those living in rural, regional and remote Australia.
Since it was established in 2000, FRRR has distributed more than $85 million to about 9,500 projects across rural, regional and remote Australian communities.
Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said the Leonora Participants would be enriched as a result of the Grant, allowing them to do something that would not normally be possible.
“The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal Strengthening Rural Communities Grant will have a real impact through the Shooting Stars Program in remote WA,” Haintz said.
“Our Cultural Reward Camps are a major driver in promoting our message of engaging in education, with an emphasis on health and wellbeing.”
“The more we can engage with our participants, the better our outcomes will be.”
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 boasts 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 85% 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