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 team includes:
- 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 intern Brianna
- Kara Blakely, mumpreneur is providing administration and financial management support for the team
- Kate McTaggart Consulting, will come on board in March to provide weekly Career Mentoring services for participants and evaluation of the program.
- Shay Wilson, Indigenous enterprise owner is providing HR and payroll support
- 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 Shay, Kara & Aaron as they establish 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