An interview with the team from Girl Academy. They are working to empower Indigenous teenage mothers to make positive choices by giving young women a safe, supportive and nurturing environment to complete their education – with their babies being cared for in an on-site nursery.
Why did you decide to crowdfund?
Girl Academy has captured the minds of the public since it launched in January 2016. Following widespread positive coverage in the print media, television & online news portals, we received many enquiries from people asking about how they could contribute. Holding a crowdfunding campaign seemed like the best way to give as many people as possible the chance to join our mission to empower young girls through education.
How are you keeping the momentum for your campaign going?
We are going to keep rolling the ball along. We’re two thirds of the way to our stretch target of $50k to fund the nursery for a year, but we are not going to kick our heels back and relax. We plan to keep posting updates on social media, reaching out to friends and family, contacting the media and key influencers, and so on. Our goal is to make sure we don’t stop creating interest and buzz to keep the campaign on the front pages.
What kind of support do changemakers in your community need?
Change needs more than commitment from a handful of people driving a single initiative; it requires commitment from each and every level in the community – in every organisation, in every family. The more people committing to making positive choices for themselves and their families, the more likely we as a community will be successful in making that change.
What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership is about bringing out the best in people – Inspiring the people around you to dream big, and empowering them to take the right steps towards turning their dreams to reality.
Why did you choose StartSomeGood as your partner?
In our early conversations with StartSomeGood (SSG), Jeshri, our project manager, came on board very enthusiastically with tons of tips and expertise. The SSG team easily identified with the need to empower Indigenous young women to make positive life choices for themselves and their babies. We felt that having such a capable and supportive team was extremely important to make the campaign a success
What’s your number one piece of advice for people who want to make a positive impact?
Be stubborn and cleave to your vision. It’s easy to get frustrated when you face a road block, so one should always celebrate small successes, and remember that little steps can add up to make a huge impact.