In 2018, the Shooting Stars Netball Program, hosted by Glass Jar Australia and Netball WA, was granted $30,000 to use netball and other tools to increase school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls living in regional and remote communities across WA.
“Cultural Rewards Camps are a key incentive used to encourage higher participation in the Shooting Stars program and school itself, and to reinforce expectations of participants around attendance and behaviour”
To attend the Camps participants maintained school attendance at 80% or above OR demonstrated an improvement of 20% or more term-on-term. The girls also exhibited exemplary behaviour in class. Being accepted onto a camp empowers participants as they experience the reward for their efforts at school.
The program now engages more than 350 students across eight delivery sites, with an average attendance improvement of 18% across the board, while 60% of participants
maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above. Furthermore, the program is a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change, with 75% of its staff and 50% of its Board identifying as Indigenous.