Girls Academy

A not-for-profit organisation offering a comprehensive school-based mentoring and engagement program for 12 to 18 year-old Indigenous girls across NSW.

Who we are

The Girls Academy is an initiative of Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA), a not-for-profit charitable organisation founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace (MEdL, BPolSc). RMLA believes Aboriginal women play a pivotal role in Australian Aboriginal families and communities, yet their needs are often overlooked. Our goal is to create an environment within schools where the girls receive the support and programs needed to help them realise their full potential. Our mission put simply is 'develop a girl, change a community.'

Where we operate

The Girls Academy Program provides support to over 2700 girls at 42 schools sites across NSW, WA, NT and Qld. There are 13 programs in NSW catering to over 800 girls. The program targets the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Year 7 to 12. The program is also working with two primary schools in WA and Qld targeting the needs of Year 4 to 6 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Who we can help

The program targets the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Year 7 to 12.

What we do

Girls Academy provides a comprehensive school-based mentoring and engagement program that works in partnership with schools. The Girls Academy program supports ‘at risk’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls aged 12 to 18 years by providing unique supportive programs and activities that focus on increasing attendance, graduation and engagement in schooling.

Mentoring

The Girls Academy Program provides mentoring and role model support led by women who work as 'mums' and 'big sisters'. The school-based program covers five areas:

  • I am Me, I am Beautiful
    Focusing on wellbeing
  • Health Body, Healthy Mind
    Understanding physical activity, health, nutrition
  • Cultural Connections
    Discovering cultural knowledge and understanding
  • Imagine
    Exploring future pathways and careers
  • Be the Change
    Developing community engagement, leadership

The Girls Academy mentoring works to re-engage female Aboriginal students with their education and helps the students develop skills, values and abilities that will assist them to achieve better life outcomes. The program establishes a safe Academy room and provides community mentors and role models to support girls and work to achieve the program objectives of:

  • increasing school attendance
  • advancing academic and personal achievement
  • improving Year 12 graduation rates
  • facilitating post school planning and transition.

Costs: The cost for schools is $2500 per student per annum. It is also based upon an equivalent contribution from  government and corporate sectors.

Contact details

Terry Boland

terry@girlsacademy.com.au

0466 557 659

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