The Lottery Office believes all Australian children deserve a great education and the support to carve their own path in life.
But not all children have access to the same resources and opportunities: more than half of Indigenous students miss at least one year of schooling by the time they reach year 10, which has a significant impact on their learning.
That’s why The Lottery Office is proud to donate $15,000 to The Stars Foundation, an organisation dedicated to empowering Indigenous young women to make positive and proactive choices regarding their own future.
Stars employs a ‘strengths-based approach’ to improving the education and health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women, which is designed to build on the abilities and interests of each individual.
With programs currently underway in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Victoria, Stars has been offering in-school mentoring and engagement programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women since 2015. The program specifically aims to support those children who are at higher risk of disengagement.
Stars’ programs have been incredibly successful. In 2018, for example, 97% of senior Stars students completed year 12, with more than 80% of graduates moving into employment, training or tertiary education.
Stars alumni have gone on to work in various careers and lines of work including education, science, local government, law enforcement, health, aged care, childcare and disability support.
The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said it was crucial that communities recognise the importance of providing ongoing support to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of disengaging from education.
“The Stars Foundation does an incredible job of connecting with these young women, encouraging and inspiring them to reach their full potential,” Ms Wood said.
“Many young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have gone on to do amazing things in life thanks to Stars and the opportunities that have presented themselves as a result of their determination and commitment.
“If you are looking for a cause to support in 2020 then I would definitely recommend getting in touch with The Stars Foundation to help make a difference to the lives of Indigenous girls and young women across Australia.”
Anyone who would like to get involved with this amazing organisation can go to their website to find out more about possible partnerships, donations and support.