Name: Tiare Lesa
Where you’re from: Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
Who your mob are: Tokelauan, Samoan
Job title: Program Assistant
Which school are you based at? Carnarvon Community College
How long have you been working for Shooting Stars? I was working causally for Shooting Stars in 2016 and started full-time in January 2017.
Give us a snap shot of what your day to day job consists of: Working alongside awesome Shooting Stars girls! My day often starts with assisting the local RSAS team with pick-ups for netball sessions, helping cook breakfast or engaging with the girls through our Shooting Stars class space every morning. A big part of my role is mentoring girls one-on-one or providing support in the classroom setting and just checking in with them during break times. I also travel to the primary school site to deliver netball sessions and continue the Shooting Stars presence there. At the high school campus, I help prepare and facilitate our health & wellbeing classes and share my passion of art & dance. The rest of the time I am in the office, where the magic happens or at a school PD.
What do you love most about your job?
I love seeing the personalities, self-confidence and character develop in our girls. I love seeing them grow! I also really enjoy seeing the girls being involved in the program. I love that we have the opportunity to build good rapport through netball and other activities and just generally have lots of fun. I love that we offer a safe and fun place for the girls. Watching the girls enjoy a good game of netball is another highlight too.
How has working with Shooting Stars benefitted you?
It has given me opportunities to upskill in my personal development and complete courses whilst working. I have been able to travel to a few locations in WA through our training and camp excursions too. But best of all, it’s given me the opportunity to work alongside Indigenous youth through an enjoyable programme. I enjoy meeting different people from all walks of life, whether it is kids, other organisations or school staff has been a joy. To be able to learn from them and grow has been rewarding.
What attracted you to the role?
Being able to work with Indigenous youth within the education system and to engage with the youth through the medium of netball, sports and a good programme. I love working with youth and enjoy netball, so it was an amazing opportunity I couldn’t miss.
Why is the Shooting Stars organisation important to the community?
It is important to the community because there are not many other organisations for girls and especially in the educational system in Carnarvon. Working within the school and alongside other service providers to help engage girls in their education is great.
How do you envisage the programme evolving in the future?
I would like to see the confidence of the girls continue to grow and also to see more girls attend school and thrive, as well as enjoying the program. It would be great to develop more indigenous leaders within the Shooting Star program. Also seeing the program in more sites across Australia in areas of need would be awesome.