Stars measures its success by the outcomes it achieves in mentoring and supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to reach their full potential in all aspects of their development and wellbeing.
Since Stars began operating programs in schools in the Northern Territory in 2015, we have seen remarkable improvements in education and health outcomes for our students, as compared to the general Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school population.
School attendance rates, completion of Year 12 and successful transitions into sustainable employment or further study are some key measures of the impact of the Stars program. Stars is Closing the Gap on all three measures.
In 2017 Stars closed the gap in attendance by 39 per cent, which equates to four additional weeks of school or 105 extra classes. In the more remote regions, where school attendance is particularly low for Indigenous students, Stars closed the gap by 55 per cent, which equates to 8 more weeks of school or 235 extra classes.
Year 12 Completion
In 2017 Stars Foundation saw 96 per cent of students complete Year 12. This is an outstanding outcome, particularly considering that the overall national rate of Year 12 completion for Indigenous Australians was as low as 65.3 per cent in 2016. The figure was even lower for the Northern Territory at just 39.1 per cent (Closing the Gap Report 2018).
Transition to Work or Study
Over 90 per cent of Year 12 graduates from 2016 remained in employment or were undertaking further study in December 2017. Our Stars graduates have successfully transitioned from school to further study and a wide range of careers, including education, science, local government, law enforcement, health, aged care, child care and disability support.