Stars Lend their Voices to Wiyi Yani U Thangani

Last week our Darwin-based Stars took part in the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) Project.

Wiyi Yan U Thangani is an initiative of June Oscar AO, the first Aboriginal woman to be appointed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

It is a national conversation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls, designed to hear their priorities, challenges and aspirations for themselves, their families and their future.

After being split into two groups, our Stars were given an opportunity to discuss the things in their lives that they saw as either strengths and weaknesses.

The young women identifed the support of their friends and family, as well as the mentoring they receive from Stars Foundation, as definite strengths in their lives.

The importance of a having strong cultural identity and the ability to participate in sporting activities were also raised as things that made them feel uplifted and confident within themselves.

At the end of the session, Stars student, Serena Barton, described it as “a great opportunity because it gave us a voice into issues that affect us as Indigenous young women.”

“The session allowed an open discussion in a safe environment, so we could be honest about the changes that we want to see within our communities.”

Stars Standing Strong and Proud

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at community, state and national levels in our society. 

 

In recognition of this, two of our Stars from Thuringowa State High School in Townsville recently had the opportunity to take on leadership roles and present a speech to staff at a local corporate NAIDOC Celebration.

 

After the Welcome to Country by the Wulgurukaba Aboriginal Dance Group, in keeping with this year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Because of Her, We Can’, Alex Rodgers (Year 9) and Mya Christensen (Year 11) presented moving speeches about significant women in their lives. 

 

It was beautiful to see our girls stand strong, display confidence and have the courage to share their personal stories with people they have never met. 

 

We are proud to support such deadly young women who are strong in culture and display the Stars values – Respect, Honesty, Commitment, Pride.

Challenging our Stars

As part of the Stars Plan, we challenge young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to step outside their comfort zones and demonstrate that they are brave, strong and able to achieve anything when they put their minds to it.

Last week some of our Year 9 students from Heatley Secondary College in Townsville went to Paluma Outer Limits Adventure Centre, where they faced and conquered a range of physical and mental challenges.

These included a high-ropes course, rock climbing, the Leap of Fail, giant swing, a bush walk to Cloudy Creek and a swim at Jourama Falls.

Apart from building their self-belief and encouraging them to reach for the stars, the visit also helped build relationships among the Year 9 group and demonstrated how great outcomes can be achieved through team work.

Another benefit was giving the students some time to connect with Stars’ awesome new Mentor, Kylie, who will be working with the Year 9s at Heatley.

Stars Shine on WIN TV News

Stars and Mentors from Thuringowa State High School featured in this great story on WIN TV News Townsville.

A wonderful acknowledgement of the Stars values – Respect, Honesty, Commitment, Pride – and of the amazing work of our Mentors and the awesome achievements of the young women in our programs.

STARS FOUNDATION

STARS FOUNDATION: Mentors from Stars Foundation have been working closely with female high school students, to help them make positive choices and realise their potential.The program focusses on promoting a positive school environment, and more than one-hundred and fifty students have been taking part.

Posted by WIN News Townsville on Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Stars Shine in Research Traineeships

Two of our 2017 Stars graduates have been providing inspiration to younger Stars in their roles as trainees at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.

Stars graduates, Raelene Collins and Tasha Cole, recently had the opportunity to show some of our current Stars students around their new workplace.

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