The purpose of the Stars Foundation is to improve the education and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women. The program’s focus is on both promoting a positive school environment and on building individual capacity and life skills through the experience.
Over recent years significant investment has been directed at male youth, resulting in good outcomes for young Aboriginal men. This is not the case for young women.
Education engagement programs that use sport as a vehicle have been shown to be successful in engaging Aboriginal boys to school, increasing attendance and retention and Year 12 completions.
The Stars program is specific to the needs of young women and has adapted what has worked for boys to address these needs.
In 2016, to further build on the relationship the Epic Good Foundation has with the Katherine region through our work with the Hawthorn Indigenous Program, Cathie and Stuart supported the Stars Foundation ‘Healthy Lifestyles Program’ based at Katherine High School.