The next generation of Aboriginal girls and young women will be empowered to enhance their emotional and mental wellbeing through a strengthened partnership between Mineral Resources and Shooting Stars.

Based at 15 host schools across regional and remote WA communities, Shooting Stars supports over 750 Aboriginal girls and women to make informed choices about their education and employment journey.

MinRes’ support of Shooting Stars has now been strengthened through a new four-year commitment as Principal Partner of its Seven Sisters program, which helps participants grow social and emotional wellbeing skills and develop preventative mental health strategies to respond to life’s challenges.

Over 10 weeks, participants attend weekly one-hour sessions and engage in culturally grounded warm-up activities, netball skill development, guided stretching and meditation, and discussions on key wellbeing themes.

A successful pilot of the Seven Sisters program in Narrogin in 2020 saw it introduced to Year 5 and 6 students across all Shooting Stars sites. This year, the program expands further to engage high school students.

MinRes Executive General Manager – Project Development, Joshua Thurlow, said the strengthened partnership with Shooting Stars reflects the positive outcomes its programs continue delivering in regional areas.

Shooting Stars Executive Officer, Fran Haintz, said MinRes’ long-term support will benefit hundreds of young Aboriginal people across Western Australia.

Among those taking part is Hedland Senior High School student Jackie Powdrill.

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