Pilbara Girl, now in its 7th year, is an expansion of the high profile Kimberley Girl Program now in its 14th year. This project was introduced to the community as a valuable initiative targeting young Indigenous women between the ages of 16 and 25. Structured workshops and showcase events address contemporary issues helping participants to overcome the impact of social, economic and isolation disadvantages and bringing the community together in a celebratory capacity.
The main aim of the program is to instigate positive change in the personal and professional capacity of young Indigenous women, directing them to make positive life choices and forge constructive pathways.
The Pilbara Girl Program will consist of intensive heat workshops in each participating community (Port Hedland and Karratha) followed by a community event in Karratha, which will showcase participants in a stylish and glamorous parade utilising the confidence, skills and knowledge embraced throughout the series of workshops
Selected participants will travel to Broome in October for an extra week of higher level finals workshops. Workshop activities will focus on social and emotional wellbeing, setting goals for success, work readiness and developing leadership skills. A Finals showcase event will also be held where a Pilbara Girl will be selected to act as a program ambassador for the next 12 months.
After participating in the Pilbara Girl program we hope participants are left with increased self-awareness and are exposed to new and different life styles and opportunities, returning to their communities as positive role models among their peers and family members.
Over many years we have seen this high profile activity obtain incredible results from those involved and look forward to expanding these benefits in 2017.