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Girls Academy

Girls Academy Appeal


The Girls Academy is the leading provider of school-based engagement programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Australia. 

Founded in 2004 by Olympian and Basketball champion Ricky Grace, the Girls Academy program has already helped thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls engage in their education, achieve their goals and go onto positive post-school pathways. 

The Girls Academy is a community led program that provides tailored support to girls across years 7 - 12 to individually to address root causes of their personal barriers to education.

Our Mission

Aboriginal and Torres Straight Indigenous girls face some of the greatest social disadvantage of our nations population. This gap appears in health, education, employment opportunities, earning capacity and life span. Women play a pivotal role in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, yet their needs are often overlooked more than their male counterparts.

A confident, educated Indigenous girl is an active and productive community member. She is the most influential force in her family and wider community to break the cycle of disadvantage and to build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future.

The Girls Academy program increases the skills, employability, mental health and overall well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls. Academy girls graduate our program armed with the required knowledge, skills, and a formal plan, to transition into post-school life and be part of the social change that is Closing the Gap.

Our Program

The Girls Academy program currently operates out of 42 Schools throughout WA, NSW, NT and QLD.

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

These objectives are achieved through a wide variety of program elements centred around:

  • Well-being and empowerment
  • Health and physical activity
  • Cultural connections
  • Post-school options and preparation
  • Leadership; and
  • Community engagement

How you can help?

The Girls Academy is seeking your support to help us to deliver the best program that we can, operate our Academies to their greatest capacity and continue to generate fantastic results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.

Give today and be part of program making a real and vital change to the lives of young Aboriginal women, their future and their community.



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The Girls Academy is an initiative of Role Models and Leaders Australia

$69,689 raised so far

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Contact Details

PO Box 332

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.