En­tries for Pil­bara Girl pro­gram clos­ing soon

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

There’s only one week left to get your en­tries in for the 2017 Pil­bara Girl pro­gram.

Pil­bara Girl is a “life-chang­ing” pro­gram which aims to im­prove self-es­teem, em­power and en­cour­age pos­i­tive change in the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity of young in­dige­nous women.

The pro­gram is open to Abo­rig­i­nal girls aged 16 to 25 from Kar­ratha, Roe­bourne, Wick­ham, Hed­land and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Pro­gram founder and Goolarri Me­dia chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Kira Fong said they had so far re­ceived 10 Pil­bara Girl en­tries out of a pos­si­ble 24, show­ing the pro­gram was get­ting long-term trac­tion in the re­gion.

“This is the sev­enth year we’ve been de­liv­er­ing the pro­gram in the Pil­bara, so it’s fan­tas­tic that we con­tinue to get young peo­ple want­ing to come into the pro­gram,” she said.

“We’ve done it in the Kim­ber­ley for 14 years so it’s be­come a bit of an in­sti­tu­tion there, and I think that’s start­ing to trans­fer into the Pil­bara as well.”

She en­cour­aged young in­dige­nous women to join the pro­gram to de­velop a strong, pos­i­tive di­rec­tion in their lives.

Through­out July, en­trants will par­tic­i­pate in a se­ries of work­shops in Kar­ratha and Port Hed­land which fo­cus on per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, lead­er­ship, de­port­ment and groom­ing.

The first heat will be held in Kar­ratha on Fri­day, July 14, with fi­nal­ists go­ing through to par­tic­i­pate in more work­shops and the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara Girl fi­nale in Broome.

En­try forms are avail­able at goolarri.com/pil­bara­girl2017.

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