“Our Mentors have made an immense impact on our lives. I am very thankful to have gone through my final year at school with such amazing role models and peers. I will continue to cherish the memories I have made this year, and the family I have found at Stars, for the rest of my life.”
Stars Graduate, Awards Night 2018
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.
Data from the 2018 school year show that Stars students are attending school at a significantly higher rate than Indigenous students not taking part in the program.
Across all Northern Territory and Queensland programs, the girls and young women participating in our Programs achieved an average attendance rate of 80 per cent.
Year 12 Completion
In 2018 we saw 97 per cent of senior Stars 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
As of March 2019, 81 per cent of our 2018 Year 12 graduates have moved successfully into employment, training or tertiary education. The 19 per cent of young women looking for work are being supported in their search by our Transitions Managers.
Our 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.