Online Project Showcase
  • Organisation:

    Glass Jar Australia

  • ABN or Auspicing Organisation:

    11 609 851 283

  • Scope of Activity:

    Regional

  • Geographic Location:

    Western Australia

  • Target Groups:

    Indigenous
    Rural / Regional

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Funding Information

  • Total Funding Required (AUD):

    2,100,000

  • Current Funding (AUD):

    1,600,000

  • Funding Needed (AUD):

    500,000

  • Tax Deductability Status (DGR):

    Yes

  • Tax Concession Status (TCC):

    Yes

  • DGR Additional Information:

    N/A

  • Other Funding Partners:

    Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Lotterywest, Sandfire Resources, Horizon Power

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 01 Jul 2015
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 04 Jul 2022
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • • Increasing school attendance rates for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander girls
    • Increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander girls graduating school
    • Increasing the number of local, accessible role models in rural, remote and regional WA
    • Increasing opportunities for higher education
    • Developing employment pathways
    • Reducing suicide rates
    • Improving positive behaviours whilst at school, to increase academic engagement
    • Decreasing anti-social behavior in the local community
    • Working with the community to create a new generation of leaders
    • Education on nutrition
    • Attitudes towards sport and exercise
    • Bullying
    • Resilience & Confidence
  • Project Description:
  • An initiative of Netball WA & Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars was established after a pilot initiative in Halls Creek, WA in 2014. It uses netball and other rewards to encourage Indigenous girls to attend school and engage in their education, whilst promoting their health and wellbeing. Through the Shooting Stars program, we aim to increase attendance rates at school, whilst creating pathways to employment. The program currently runs across 7 sites in Western Australia, in Derby, Halls Creek, Wiluna, Meekatharra, Carnarvon, Mullewa and Narrogin with nearly 400 Indigenous girls currently enrolled in the program. We aim to increase this number to 1,000, and expand the program to 8 new sites in the medium term.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • Shooting Stars is affecting genuine change by working with nearly 400 Indigenous girls mostly aged between 13 – 18 and their families across remote WA. In conjunction with an increase in attendance, individual improvement in academic engagement and class behaviour can also be observed through yarning circles, case studies and anecdotal evidence. These numbers reflect real change in attitudes towards their school and education. This helps to retain more girls to complete school and realize their full potential, affording them a much better chance in seeking employment, and to aspire to higher achievements. This in turn will more likely result in a much better quality of life for these girls.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • The capacity and outreach into the communities we support extends into the fabric of over 90 years experience of community programs managed by Netball WA. Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars program is the charity arm of Netball WA and we utilise infrastructures such as Human Resources, Marketing, Media and Communications, as well as Finance and IT to embed our programs professionally and sustainably. We are also creating Indigenous role models and empowering more Indigenous women into higher education and the workplace. This helps to break down cultural barriers in working towards building a new generation of successful Indigenous women who are the leaders of tomorrow. Our reputation and credibility in the locations we support is of upmost importance and we have the backing of over 90 years of experience in community development from our professional alignment with Netball WA.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • Shooting Stars is affecting genuine change to empower nearly 400 Indigenous girls to realise their full potential and create a better quality of life for them and their families. Through the program these women become positive role models for the younger generation - promoting organic social change. Shooting Stars plants the seeds that empower communities to continue to build capacity long after the original program organisers have left, creating a sustainable future. Our Chairperson is a highly respected Indigenous woman who is leading by example and is a role model for the girls we support. Shooting Stars also distinguishes itself by engaging Indigenous women to participate in the program, modelling positive gender and culturally appropriate role models. Currently 75% of Shooting Stars’ employees are Indigenous and we are working towards achieving 95% as the program grows. There have been many success stories on our program in our short history; Shari Comeagain, from Mullewa District
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • We have been promoting the Shooting Stars program through meetings with potential funders, events, and fundraising activities. We have developed a Strategic Plan and a Case for Support brochure, which are our key promotional documents. We also leverage on the reputation and success of Netball WA and the West Coast Fever to support our promotional activities. West Coast Fever also appointed two Ambassadors to visit our girls at our program sites to encourage and motivate them. We also employ a professional media, digital, and communications team who work across Netball WA, West Coast Fever, and Shooting Stars, running campaigns to leverage off each other to maximise and highlight project opportunities. In September 2017, the Shooting Stars program was featured on the Channel Nine News Bulletin.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • The Shooting Stars program is evaluated by several methods: attendance data, case studies, anecdotal evidence, and yarning circles. Staff obtain attendance data directly from the Department of Education’s SIS system. Attendance data is collated weekly, so that Shooting Stars staff can monitor significant changes in real time. This enables staff to discuss progress with individual participants, and help girls to develop strategies that will enable them to overcome barriers that might prevent them from achieving their goals. This process is documented by fortnightly case studies. Yarning circles, on the other hand, provide qualitative evaluation to complement statistical measures. We have developed a highly effective Yarning Circles Business Model, based on a longitudinal study which is world class. Our two Regional Managers who attended the 2017 World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference in Toronto, Canada, were able to share the findings of our longitudinal study with other world leaders wor

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Sammy Yap

  • Email:

    sammy.yap@shootingstars.org.au

  • Website:

    Click Here

  • Phone:

    (08) 9380 3700