YWCA aims high for girls’ future

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Flinders student ambassadors Jacinta Koolmatrie, right, and Joyce Haddad, second rear with YWCA Adelaide project officer Claire Tatyzo, and some of the high school visitors at Flinders.

Teenage girls from three high schools gained positive insights into university life after a special visit to Flinders University.

Describing the experience as “awesome,” the group of students from Para Hills and Parafield Gardens high schools and the Bedford Park Australian Science and Math School visited Flinders late last year as part of the SHE Leads High pilot program run by the YWCA.

YWCA Adelaide project officer Claire Tatyzo says the program is a leadership development program for young women in years 10, 11 and 12 at high school, designed to inspire pathways for future success.

“It is an opportunity for young women in high school to develop skills, confidence and build their leadership capacity in every aspect of their lives,” Ms Tatyzo says.

Flinders student ambassadors Jacinta Koolmatrie and Joyce Haddad, pictured, shared some of her uni experiences with the visitors.

The visits were coordinated by the Student Access Unit at Flinders University which is involved in a range of young adult and community engagement programs.

YWCA Adelaide’s SHE Leads High program is expanding to other outer metropolitan and country high schools in 2016.

The YWCA is a women’s welfare organisation founded 135 years ago in England and now operates in more than 100 countries supporting women for social and economic change. Find out more here.


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