Horizon Power is proud to announce a three-year community partnership with Shooting Stars under our Sustainable Partnership Program.
Brand and Communications Manager, Andrew Riches, said Horizon Power is proud to work with an organisation that is empowering young Aboriginal women in regional Western Australian through education.
“Partnering with Shooting Stars is an important step forwards for our work within the communities we operate,” Mr Riches said.
“Shooting Stars is conducting a world-first initiative, using Indigenous research methods to improve their program operations, and we are excited by the opportunity to collaborate and drive the future development of the program.”
Shooting Stars aims to use netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns. Its successful pilot program was delivered in Halls Creek in 2015 and has now expanded to six separate school sites, engaging with more than 280 students.
Since 2015 the data indicates an average school attendance rate of more than 80 per cent per student, with over 60 per cent of the participants maintaining or improving their attendance across a full school year.
“Our support will enable Shooting Stars to roll out a new organisational development strategy across the Halls Creek, Derby, Carnarvon, Wiluna and Meekatharra sites. The investment will also support the continued development and implementation of Shooting Star’s world first longitudinal study, adopting an Indigenous research method called Yarning Circles,” Mr Riches said.
Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz praised Horizon Power for their pledge to the program.
“The value of this partnership cannot be understated and we look forward to working with Horizon Power to continue to build capacity across our delivery sites.”
“A cornerstone of our program is identifying local community groups, service providers and organisations with whom we can work for the betterment of our students.”
“It’s so encouraging to see Horizon Power recognise an opportunity of this nature to contribute to a framework that is empowering young indigenous women in the regional communities of Western Australia.”
The program now engages in excess of 280 students across the delivery sites; namely Halls Creek, Derby, Carnarvon, Meekatharra and Wiluna.
To learn more about the Shooting Stars program, including information about making philanthropic and charitable donations, visit http://shootingstars.com.au/