Mission and Values
The Girls Academy Program works within the school system to drive community-led solutions aimed at reducing the barriers that prevent Indigenous girls from completing their education and reaching their full potential. Our mission put simply is to “Develop a Girl • Change a Community”.
Australian Indigenous girls face some of the greatest social disadvantage of our nations population. In every social measure, Australian Indigenous Girls trail their non-Indigenous peers in health, education, employment opportunities, earning capacity and life span.
As the future mothers and leaders of the Indigenous community, strong and educated young women are critical to closing the unacceptable gap that exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. RMLA Academy girls have the potential to be powerful catalysts for change in their communities, and we believe that education is the key to bringing about this change. The Girls Academy equips Indigenous girls with the tools required to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities.
Program activities are designed with emphasis on the ‘Big 4’ objectives to:
- Increase school attendance
- Advance academic and personal achievement
- Improve year 12 graduation rates, and
- Facilitate post-school transition planning
We aim to abolish the attitudes of low-expectations that many Indigenous students have when it comes to their education. We want Indigenous girls to be empowered and motivated to achieve educational success, which in turn results in improved outcomes for their health & nutrition, life expectancy, substance abuse, incarceration levels and employment opportunities.
We want this success to be passed down from generation to generation, ultimately, CLOSING THE GAP that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian measures of well-being.