The mission of Stars Foundation is to support and enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women to make active choices towards realising their full potential in all aspects of their development and wellbeing. Our purpose is to improve education and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women.
Stars Foundation has been offering full-time, in-school mentoring and engagement programs for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at risk of disengagement from school since 2015.
During 2017, we operated programs in eight secondary schools across the Northern Territory and in 2018 Stars opened a new program at Haileybury Rendall College in Darwin and three new programs in Townsville, Queensland.
Education engagement programs, using sport as a vehicle, have been shown to be successful in engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys, with some good outcomes, including increased attendance, school retention and Year 12 completion.
The Stars program has adapted what has been shown to work for boys into a program specifically tailored to address the needs of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and we are seeing some outstanding outcomes across our programs.
In 2017, 96 per cent of our senior Stars students completed Year 12.