Indigenous Mentoring - Darwin

In 2019, we are launching a new one-of-a-kindness career pathways initiative for young Indigenous women. Our Each One, Teach One approach to mentoring will be a new way of working for us, in theme with our goal to collaborate with community leaders to create community change. 

Previous social enterprise initiatives have included our TalentEd camps, 1 Step 2 Star gifting program, Tiwi Youth Girls Leadership program and Higher Attire for Young Stars.

Since Starwin Shopfront opened in 2013, we have each year taken on work experience students. This year we wanted to step it up - and so from February we are piloting our 'Each One, Teach One' mentoring program to enable young Indigenous women to enter the workforce.

To do so, we are working collaboratively with YouthWorx NT who are screening and supporting the participants - to create a holistic program to ensure participants will succeed on their chosen career path. 

Our 2019 Darwin team includes:

May / June intake...


Hi, my name is Sharmayne and I'm from Darwin. I am Torres Strait Islander and Larrakia.
I grew up living in a community and in Palmerston. I have four brothers so I'm not much of a girly-girl, I love fishing and hunting but mostly art, I get inspiration from the bush, land and sea. I'm connected to the sea from both tribes; Larrakia is known as the saltwater people.
Hi, my name is Kyemma Alice, I'm 17 years old and the o'dest out of my 3 younger brothers.I'm a central Arrernta from my fathers side and Anmatjere on my mothers side. I was born in Alice Springs but decided to move to Darwin and stay,I love going to new events that happen around town, especially with family. I also love sketching and listening to music in my free time.
Hi, I'm Dominique Cook. I'm a proud Yamatji woman, born in Perth, WA but moved here to Darwin when I was 3. I have 2 brothers, I am the middle child, I enjoy everything artistic. Music and Visual Arts have been a passion of mine since early middle school. This has allowed me to gain experience in Visual Merchandising, I have also worked in the retail industry for 4 years. 
I hope to one day become an aboriginal youth worker and be able to incorporate art into that as well, and my end goal is to become an art teacher.


Initial intake...

- Brianna Browne-Close, a Larrakia young woman and school leaver, turned Starwin intern has the honour of being our first pilot program participant

- Aaron McTaggart, renowned Indigenous artist and screen printer from Daly River is providing on-site supervision and support for our Brianna in Feb / March


Support team...

- Kara Blakely, mumpreneur is providing administration and financial management support for the team

- Kate McTaggart Consulting, providing oversight of the Career Mentoring services for participants and evaluation of the program. 

- Karina Gray, Starwin founder with a Major in Youth Work and Grad Cert in Entrepreneurship is leading the program design and coordination and providing informal mentoring for team members establishing their enterprises 

If you would like to support this social enterprise initiative and invest in career pathways for young Indigenous women, please get in touch