October 09th, 2019
There is no other place like the Cape York Girl Academy, a home away from home for teenage Indigenous girls who have been chronically disengaged from their education, for many different reasons including early pregnancy.
Girls come from remote parts of the country because it works for them. It’s a special space for growth in mind, body and spirit where young mums can live and learn with their babies and girls who have not engaged in education for years and can set a better path. Grounded in their culture, the girls complete their education, acquire vocational qualifications, and grow confident living in two worlds. The school takes a trauma-informed approach to teaching and learning and focusses on strengthening emotional regulation, academic capacity as well the girls’ self-belief so they can aspire to become whatever it is they dream during and beyond school.
The world for these girls is now much bigger. They play football with a local club, they are involved with a local theatre company, and are involved in university partnership programs.
The Girl Academy is just one of eight Cape York Partnership entities that exist to empower First Nations families through health, education, employment, language and leadership. Three parts to the Partnership will showcase their great work at its first live crowd-funding event, in Sydney in two weeks. (Oct 23) The Ngak Min Health clinic is strategically located on the Campus of an Indigenous boarding school providing students and families with medical, health, and mental-health and wellbeing services including parenting education. The third initiative, the Cape York Leaders Program, now in its 14th year, supports young and adult leaders through secondary scholarships, university, and adult leadership development.
Here’s how the evening will work: you turn up, listen to the pitch about each of the three programs from those who are intimately connected with its delivery, think about which pitch appeals to you and then commit some funds. Whatever you can afford. It can get exciting, engaging and everyone feels that they’re contributing. “It makes philanthropy really accessible,’’ Cape York Partnership Fundraising and Development manager Paul Metcalfe says.
Funders: The Pace Foundation, with The NR Peace & Justice Fund, Lenko Family Foundation, Melliodora Fund, (a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation), Sarah Brenan, (Hamer Family Fund), The Mullum Trust, Vicki Olsson.
For-purpose: Beyond Zero Foundation
Award partner: Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network
Carol Schwartz AO