Stars Foundation Participant in aeroplane
Founded by Andrea Goddard in 2015, Stars is a national not for profit organisation that offers a holistic program supporting Indigenous girls and young women to attend and remain in school, complete Year 12 and move into paid work or further study. 
 
As well as financial support during the two year partnership, BAE Systems will also offer work experience, site tours and various immersive technology experiences where possible to engage young Indigenous students to consider a Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) career. 
 
BAE Systems is committed to building the capability of First Nations people and was the first company in the defence industry to commit to a Reconciliation Action Plan in 2016. We continue this commitment to First Nations employees and the wider community through our Reconciliation journey.
 
BAE Systems Chief Executive Officer Ben Hudson said:
We are uniquely positioned to raise the awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 
We seek to inspire the next generation and educating and empowering girls has a powerful multiplier effect, benefitting not only the girls, but also their families, communities and future generations.
Our aim is to provide equitable access to high-quality educational mentoring programs and improve outcomes across education, health and employment and may help expand the program to other areas.
 
Stars Foundation Andrea Goddard said:
Stars was established in 2015 to address the gender gap in funding for support programs for Indigenous girls, compared to boys. Since then Stars students have achieved outstanding outcomes, with more than 90 per cent of senior students completing Year 12 each year and more than 85 per cent of graduates moving successfully into employment, training or tertiary study.
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Kaye Noske
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BAE Systems Australia

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