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Role Models & Leaders Australia: The Girls Academy

Contact

Name: Johanna Ramsay

Position: Director of Corporate Relations

Email: info@rolemodelsaustralia.com

Address

420 Newcastle St

West Perth

Perth 6005

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Our Mission / Objective

Girls Academy

The Girls Academy Program works within the school system to drive community-led solutions aimed at reducing the barriers that prevent Indigenous girls from completing their education and reaching their full potential.

Australian Indigenous girls face some of the greatest social disadvantage of our nations population. In every social measure, Australian Indigenous Girls trail their non-Indigenous peers in health, education, employment opportunities, earning capacity and life span.

As the future mothers and leaders of the Indigenous community, strong and educated young women are critical to closing the unacceptable gap that exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. RMLA Academy girls have the potential to be powerful catalysts for change in their communities, and we believe that education is the key tool required to bring about this change.

Our Services

Girls Academy Program activities are designed with emphasis on the ‘Big 4’ objectives to:

1. Increase school attendance

2. Advance academic and personal achievement

3. Improve year 12 graduation rates, and

4. Facilitate post-school transition planning

We use a variety of tools to achieve these objectives including;

  • Indigenous women as role models and mentors. Our team of Program Managers (80% of which are Indigenous women) inspire and encourage students through one-on-mentoring, guidance and “big sister” or “auntie” style support.
  • Extracurricular activities including health & well-being workshops, sporting competitions/carnivals, University discovery trips and much more.
  • Post-school transition planning to support students to develop career, education, training and employment pathways.
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Vision activities designed to support the development of student’s confidence, attitude, leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Community Advisory Panels have been established in 20 communities. These Panels provide local, grass-roots advice and help steer the activities of RMLA.
  • Academy Rooms at each school provide a sanctuary for the girls to connect with each other, to learn and prosper in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our Beneficiaries

Approximately 1000 Indigenous girls living in metro, rural and remote areas of Australia that are currently enrolled in the program will benefit directly, and as a result of the multiplier effect these benefits will flow to;

• their families,

• their communities,

• future generations of Australians, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

By improving educational outcomes, our girls have more and better employment opportunities, which in turn supports strong, healthy communities that grow strong healthy and happy families. This ultimately results in intergenerational change and a closing of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous measures of well-being.

Conversely, poor school attendance results in disruption to education which often leads to failure to achieve core skills such as literacy and numeracy. There is a strong correlation between this and truancy, crime and risky behaviour leading to persistent Indigenous disadvantage, a welfare existence and widening of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous measures of well-being.

The linkage between The Girls Academy program, improved educational outcomes and a better quality of life is very strong.

Projects in Progress

We currently have over 1000 Indigenous Girls enrolled in the Girls Academy across 16 sites;

Western Australia: Broome, Bunbury, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Kalgoorlie (2 locations), Kununurra, Perth, Roebourne

Northern Territory: Alice Springs (2 locations), Gunbalanya, Jabiru, Palmerston, Rosebery

New South Wales: Coonamble

We have recently been granted funding to expand provision to an additional 1,500 Indigenous girls by December 2017. This will enable planned and considered Girls Academy program expansion in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Currently a number of schools and communities in these states have been in discussion with RMLA to establish a Girls Academy at their school and this expansion is now underway. We will confirm new locations as they are established.

Our People

Names of Board Members

Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Ricky Grace, MEDL BPolSc

Chairman and Chief Financial Officer: Simon Chesson, MBA (UWA)  CPA CFA FFinSIA

Director: Sydney Chesson, Juris Doctor, MBA, FAICD

Director: Brett Lovelle

Number of Employees

40

Number of Volunteers

5

Registration Information

ABN

41 236 400 793

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Other support

GIVE: Tax deductible one off financial donations or regular giving programs. Call us, visit our website www.girlsacademy.com.au or find us at givenow.com.au

SPONSOR: Talk to us about the many options to sponsor the Academy through supporting events, equipment purchase, training and development, travel and so on. We can tailor a Sponsorship program just for you.

PARTNER: We foster collaborative and strategic partnerships that create lasting change, which benefits all stakeholders. Contact us to discuss.

FOLLOW us on facebook.com/girlsacademyaustralia, Twitter (@theGirlsAcademy), Instagram (Girlsacademyaustralia) or Linkedin: Role Models and Leaders Australia: Girls Academy

JOIN our mailing list and keep up to date on Academy news and events. Subscribe at www.girlsacademy.com.au

CHAMPION: You can become a strong campaigner and advocate for the girls by telling others about us. Join and share our mailing list, Facebook page, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and become part of the conversation.

WORKPLACE GIVING allows you to deduct a small contribution in line with your pay day. All you need to do is complete one simple form (contact us) and give that to your payroll department and your tax free donation will automatically appear on your group certificate,

ONLINE SHOPPING: Host the Girls Academy on your organisations online store to promote charitable donations to the partner customer base.

POINT OF SALE TRANSACTIONS: Feature the Girls Academy as a donation recipient at your store and customers can elect to donate a small amount at the point of sale.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Enquire about volunteer opportunities by emailing us at info@girlsacademy.com.au or calling 1300 833 904

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Girls Academy

The Girls Academy Program works within the school system to drive community-led solutions aimed at reducing the barriers that prevent Indigenous girls from completing their education and reaching their full potential.

Australian Indigenous girls face some of the greatest social disadvantage of our nations population. In every social measure, Australian Indigenous Girls trail their non-Indigenous peers in health, education, employment opportunities, earning capacity and life span.

As the future mothers and leaders of the Indigenous community, strong and educated young women are critical to closing the unacceptable gap that exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. RMLA Academy girls have the potential to be powerful catalysts for change in their communities, and we believe that education is the key tool required to bring about this change.

Our Services

Girls Academy Program activities are designed with emphasis on the ‘Big 4’ objectives to:

1. Increase school attendance

2. Advance academic and personal achievement

3. Improve year 12 graduation rates, and

4. Facilitate post-school transition planning

We use a variety of tools to achieve these objectives including;

  • Indigenous women as role models and mentors. Our team of Program Managers (80% of which are Indigenous women) inspire and encourage students through one-on-mentoring, guidance and “big sister” or “auntie” style support.
  • Extracurricular activities including health & well-being workshops, sporting competitions/carnivals, University discovery trips and much more.
  • Post-school transition planning to support students to develop career, education, training and employment pathways.
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Vision activities designed to support the development of student’s confidence, attitude, leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Community Advisory Panels have been established in 20 communities. These Panels provide local, grass-roots advice and help steer the activities of RMLA.
  • Academy Rooms at each school provide a sanctuary for the girls to connect with each other, to learn and prosper in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our Beneficiaries

Approximately 1000 Indigenous girls living in metro, rural and remote areas of Australia that are currently enrolled in the program will benefit directly, and as a result of the multiplier effect these benefits will flow to;

• their families,

• their communities,

• future generations of Australians, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

By improving educational outcomes, our girls have more and better employment opportunities, which in turn supports strong, healthy communities that grow strong healthy and happy families. This ultimately results in intergenerational change and a closing of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous measures of well-being.

Conversely, poor school attendance results in disruption to education which often leads to failure to achieve core skills such as literacy and numeracy. There is a strong correlation between this and truancy, crime and risky behaviour leading to persistent Indigenous disadvantage, a welfare existence and widening of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous measures of well-being.

The linkage between The Girls Academy program, improved educational outcomes and a better quality of life is very strong.

Projects in Progress

We currently have over 1000 Indigenous Girls enrolled in the Girls Academy across 16 sites;

Western Australia: Broome, Bunbury, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Kalgoorlie (2 locations), Kununurra, Perth, Roebourne

Northern Territory: Alice Springs (2 locations), Gunbalanya, Jabiru, Palmerston, Rosebery

New South Wales: Coonamble

We have recently been granted funding to expand provision to an additional 1,500 Indigenous girls by December 2017. This will enable planned and considered Girls Academy program expansion in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Currently a number of schools and communities in these states have been in discussion with RMLA to establish a Girls Academy at their school and this expansion is now underway. We will confirm new locations as they are established.

Our People

Names of Board Members

Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Ricky Grace, MEDL BPolSc

Chairman and Chief Financial Officer: Simon Chesson, MBA (UWA)  CPA CFA FFinSIA

Director: Sydney Chesson, Juris Doctor, MBA, FAICD

Director: Brett Lovelle

Number of Employees

40

Number of Volunteers

5

Registration Information

ABN

41 236 400 793

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Other support

GIVE: Tax deductible one off financial donations or regular giving programs. Call us, visit our website www.girlsacademy.com.au or find us at givenow.com.au

SPONSOR: Talk to us about the many options to sponsor the Academy through supporting events, equipment purchase, training and development, travel and so on. We can tailor a Sponsorship program just for you.

PARTNER: We foster collaborative and strategic partnerships that create lasting change, which benefits all stakeholders. Contact us to discuss.

FOLLOW us on facebook.com/girlsacademyaustralia, Twitter (@theGirlsAcademy), Instagram (Girlsacademyaustralia) or Linkedin: Role Models and Leaders Australia: Girls Academy

JOIN our mailing list and keep up to date on Academy news and events. Subscribe at www.girlsacademy.com.au

CHAMPION: You can become a strong campaigner and advocate for the girls by telling others about us. Join and share our mailing list, Facebook page, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and become part of the conversation.

WORKPLACE GIVING allows you to deduct a small contribution in line with your pay day. All you need to do is complete one simple form (contact us) and give that to your payroll department and your tax free donation will automatically appear on your group certificate,

ONLINE SHOPPING: Host the Girls Academy on your organisations online store to promote charitable donations to the partner customer base.

POINT OF SALE TRANSACTIONS: Feature the Girls Academy as a donation recipient at your store and customers can elect to donate a small amount at the point of sale.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Enquire about volunteer opportunities by emailing us at info@girlsacademy.com.au or calling 1300 833 904

Our Annual Reports

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