Role Models and Leaders Australia

Girls Academy Appeal

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

"Girls are THE most powerful catalysts for change on the planet."
United Nations Foundation, 2013

Founded by Olympian and Basketball champion Ricky Grace in 2004, Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) is the leading provider of school-based programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Australia.

RMLA is a not-for-profit charitable organisation which develops and empowers Aboriginal girls through leadership training, sport and extra-curricular education programs.

Our Mission

Australian 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 families and communities, yet their needs are often overlooked.

An educated 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. But too often, a girl who could change her world for the better is locked out of that future due to the circumstances of her environment.

The Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) Girls Academy program works within the school system to drive community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education.

An Academy girl can shape her own destiny, lift up her family, and transform her community.

Our Program

The Girls Academy is an initiative of role models and leaders Australia. The program now operates in 16 locations Australia wide and equips Indigenous girls with the tools required to achieve their goals and realise their full potential. Program activities are designed with emphasis on the "Big 4" objectives to advance;

  1. School attendance
  2. Academic and personal achievement
  3. Year 12 graduation rates, and
  4. Post-school transition planning

These objectives are achieved through the application of;

  • Mentoring and Role Models
  • Work Experience and Post-School Transition Planning
  • Sports and Extra-curricular Activities
  • Vision, Leadership and Teamwork development; and
  • A structured reward system to keep the girls engaged in their education

With our focus on attendance, retention and achievement, the Academy program:

  • Builds healthy attitudes towards learning by using extra curricular activities as a motivator and tool for engagement
  • Provides Indigenous women to act as role models, guides & mentors
  • Builds strong partnerships with the parents and indigenous community to build bridges between the school and wider community
  • Improves Indigenous literacy & numeracy levels through improved attendance

How you can help?

RMLA 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 in Indigenous attendance rates, year 12 graduation, educational achievement and female empowerment.

Give today and be part of program making a real and vital improvement to the lives of young Aboriginal Women.

"Investing in women and girls has a powerful impact. It WILL make the world a better place for all, both women and men. This is THE breakthrough strategy for reaching development goals".
United Nations Development Cooperation Forum, 2010

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

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Contact Details

PO Box 332

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Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.

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