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2018 funded projects

2Connect Youth & Community Inc

Project: Leadership Team for Young Women’s Hub

Young women (students at risk of leaving school early or being unemployed) from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds (including new arrivals & refugee youth), &  Aboriginal women (aged 17-20) will be mentored by culturally diverse female business people to become leaders, improve their  access to self employment, other employment opportunities and  in turn lead change for their peers.


Project: Empowering Young LGBTIQ Women

ACON will hold “Empowering Young LGBTIQ Women” workshops for young (18-25 yrs old) women who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex or queer (LGBTIQ). The workshops partnering with key community stakeholders aim to equip young women with leadership, communication and health promotion skills. Participation will build towards a final event designed and delivered by the young women.

Centacare Willcannia-Forbes

Project: MYI Project

The Manage Your Income (MYI) project will provide help to Aboriginal women in Forbes, Parkes, Condobolin and Peak Hill to gain strong financial literacy skills.  Improving Aboriginal women’s capacity to take control of their families’ financial situation and spending habits will lead to a higher sense of empowerment and increased confidence to make independent financial decisions.

Core Community Services

Project: Empowering young refugee and migrant women for leadership

The project aims at empowering young women from refugee and migrant backgrounds to realise their leadership potential through training in a range of leadership topics, mentoring, guidance and partnerships with local schools, TAFE NSW, community organisations and local business.

Girls Rock! Sydney

Project: Girls Rock! Sydney

Girls Rock! Sydney (GR!S) seeks to inspire, educate, empower and build the capacity for female, transgender and gender-nonconforming young people (aged 10 to 17) to participate in the Australian music industry by amplifying their voices through music, education and performance. Girls will learn how to play an instrument, take part in workshops, join a band and perform to a live audience.

Global Sisters

Project: Evidence-based program to empower women entrepreneurs

Global Sisters offers women who have barriers to employment a genuine pathway to self-employment. This project will provide a holistic entrepreneurship program in conjunction with community partners to benefit women who are refugees and recent migrants, the majority of whom are CALD. In the last two years this program has seen nearly 30% of women start businesses.

Micheal Crouch Innovation Centre

Project: Driving growth in small business through technology enabled production

Women in small business will be supported to develop their designs using Digital Fabrication tools and techniques. Over 2 sessions participants will be introduced to 3D modelling, clay modelling and scanning, laser cutting, 3D printing, CNC Milling. Qualified designers and technicians will guide participants through the fabrication process to create a physical product.

A series of videos will be produced to demonstrate the range of products that can be designed with digital fabrication tools and the progress of the participants in these workshops in digital production.

Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Inc

Project: Accelerate-HER

Accelerate-HER’ will focus on leadership development and empowerment of young women from multicultural backgrounds in the Illawarra, challenging the cultural stereotypes many face. It will build greater self-awareness of individual inherent strengths and equip young women to navigate employment and community pathways. The program will provide mentoring support using existing women’s networks and role models for ongoing learning and personal growth.

Regional Development Australia – Hunter

Project: Women in STEM Boot Camp for Hunter Region Girls

“Women in STEM” Boot Camps will provide participants from regional schools opportunities to hear from successful women in STEM professions. They will see women in leadership roles in businesses and research and see various ways in which STEM careers contribute to society. Small group projects in mechatronics and coding will be used as vehicles for problem based and team-based learning.

Tablelands Farming Systems

Project: Females Who Farm – Leadership Program

This program will ensure female farmers have the skills and confidence required to take on leadership roles within farming enterprises, being actively involved as key decision makers in the paddock and when working with stakeholders. Business courses to improve negotiating skills and compliance training on workplace health and safety will be run for women, in their local area - removing geographic and gender barriers that can prevent women from accessing training.

The Opportunity Collective Inc.

Project: Career Women’s Mentoring Program - Newcastle

This career women’s mentoring program will build leadership capacity, career planning and confidence in regional women. ‍The program partners women with local people in senior leadership, to support them to overcome challenges and set and achieve career goals.

This program has the potential to increase workforce diversity, build economic stability and improve equality in the Newcastle Region.

University of Technology Sydney

Project: STEM x Play – Multi-touchpoint primary school STEM outreach

Girls’ perceptions about gender stereotypes start forming before they turn 5 but existing STEM primary school programs do not consider the key influencers of parents and teachers.

‍STEM x Play is a multi-touchpoint pilot program for girls, parents and teachers  that will co-design interactive school and take-home play activities to build girls’ confidence and interest in exploring with STEM. Take-home activities mean parents can encourage STEM skills and pathways for their daughters through non-gendered play.

Wentworth Shire Council

Project: Work Readiness for Wentworth Women

This program focuses on supporting regionally based women within the Wentworth Shire Council Area to identify their skills and talents, build their confidence to be work-ready, find work or develop skills further through training.

This program aims to increase economic opportunity and advancement of women in Wentworth  an area where the council has identified a deteriorating economic base, overall horticultural industry decline, a lack of job diversity and job opportunities.

Women in Film and Television NSW

Project: “Making it possible” Pilot Program

The Making it Possible (MIP) pilot program addresses the professional development needs of women in the screen industry returning to work after a career break or manage work alongside caring responsibilities. MIP is a one-day course with follow up mentorship, providing targeted career advice, education and access to child care. MIP aims to improve the economic participation of these women addressing the barriers connected to caring responsibilities and gender inequality.

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Last updated: 29 Apr 2020