Stars Foundation supports Indigenous girls and young women to engage in education, to transition to employment or further education and training, and to be empowered to make positive life choices. It does this through relationship-based programs delivered by full-time, in-school mentors, provision of a safe space at school - the Stars Room - and support to engage in community, cultural and leadership opportunities. For many Stars girls mentors are the "trusted adults" in their lives.
Established in 2015, Stars Foundation has programs in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Victoria, reaching 900 girls and young women. By 2023 Stars Foundation hopes to expand into Western Australia and to be working with 2,500 girls and young women.
While the focus is on engagement and achievement in education, as well as the transition to post-school education, training and work, an important part of Star Foundation's approach is the community, culture and leadership component. This is part of every Stars girl's Stars Plan. It provides opportunities for volunteering, participation in community and cultural events and leadership development.
"Out of all honesty, I wouldn't have completed Year 12 without Stars. My mentors helped me so much with my motivation and pushed me to finish. Stars helped me become the person I am today." Stars Graduate 2019
The Sidney Myer Fund through the Poverty and Disadvantage Program has committed $615,000 over five years to support Stars Foundation's operations. Image courtesy Stars Foundation