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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. 

Girls Academy is the flagship program of Role Models and Leaders Australia, founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace (AM, MEdL, BPoLSc). Girls Aademy has supported over 15,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to date.

The Girls Academy program is community led and provides much needed support to give girls the tools they need to remove any barriers to achieving at school, finish Year 12 and go on to further study or career pathways.  We work with the girls from Year 7 and support their journey through secondary school, as well as their transition into the workforce or further study for up to two years post school.

Our Purpose

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 46 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 our meaningful program, 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 the flagship program of Role Models and Leaders Australia

$75,516 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.