Stars Foundation’s important work empowering young Indigenous women in the Northern Territory has received a $100,000 boost from the Lott, through Tatts.

Since 2015, Stars Foundation has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls to close the gap on important health and education outcomes. The Foundation aims to support and enable young women to make active choices towards realising their full potential.

Tatts’ $100,000 contribution, funded from unclaimed prize money, will support the Foundation’s women-only program that focuses on promoting a positive school environment and building individual capacity, resilience and life skills across regional communities in the Northern Territory. 

Tatts spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said Australia’s official lotteries has a track record of supporting initiatives that focus on healthy families and communities.

“Tatts is committed to supporting communities across the Northern Territory through contributions to key initiatives, such as Stars Foundation,” she said.

“Education is such an important part of a young person’s development and programs such as Stars Foundation’s Education Engagement Program provide opportunities for young Indigenous women to improve their education outcomes, prospects for future employment and understanding of their health and well-being.

“Support for programs like these not only impacts the lives of the young women involved, but studies show the mentorship and guidance they receive also benefits the lives of students’ families, their communities and future generations.

“We’re proud to help contribute to the bright future of Star Foundation and their students.” 

Stars Foundation Chief Executive Officer Andrea Goddard said the contribution would help more young women take part in its Education Engagement Program. 

“Stars Foundation provides full-time, evidence-based intensive mentoring programs to First Nations girls and young women in secondary schools,” she said.

“Our aim is to improve health and education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women. The funding support generously provided to us by the Lott will contribute to the ongoing sustainability of our programs in the Northern Territory.”