In very remote and regional Australia, Aboriginal women are up to 52% less likely to graduate Year 12 than their non-indigenous peers. Shooting Stars is on a mission to change this.
The Shooting Stars Way continues to guide our operational and governance practises, with a commitment to living and acting out our values of pride, respect and success on a daily basis.
Shooting Stars continues to take a co-designed, collaborative approach, working alongside organisations, wherever possible, that operate within a similar space. Our staff, who are on the ground everyday, work with local, regional, and national service providers to reduce duplication and to share resources. The overall commitment by each school site is integral to our operations and reflects the extent that the partnering schools value the Shooting Stars program.
Over 750 participants across our 15 sites have to date, achieved outstanding results with improved attendance and attitudes toward their education. The Program operates with a minimum target of 80% attendance at school with a goal of increasing this to over 90% for its participants. All individual participants’ school attendance data is tracked on a weekly basis and summarised at the end of each term. Our Program Coordinators analyse the data weekly, to both highlight improvements and identify individuals who may require extra support.
In conjunction with our partner school sites and Remote School Attendance Strategy providers, tailored attendance plans are put in place to support each student. These plans include strategies that address transportation issues, lack of food and inappropriate uniforms to ensure each participant has the foundations needed to succeed.