Deadly Sista Girlz Coordinator, Sara
As the Deadly Sista Girlz (DSG) Coordinator at Clontarf Aboriginal College, Sara Riches is a role model and leader for young Indigenous Girls. The aim of the DSG program is to build the confidence and skills needed in girls between the ages of 8 and 17 to flourish into strong Indigenous women.
The DSG program was introduced into Clontarf Aboriginal College at the start of Term 2, 2021. There are now more than 80 Students mentored by Deadly Sista Girlz staff Sara and Jenna. The program focuses on building self-esteem, confidence and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and teaching the students about building healthy relationships, encouraging active self-development and increasing school attendance.
The role of our mentors is important to the development of our students as they offer a stable, safe environment based on trust and respect.
When reflecting on her role as a mentor Sara said “My favourite part of my job is being with the girls all day, I really look forward to it. We have them for sessions, at recess and lunch and our boarders come after school on Wednesday. Spending that time with them, yarning, and just getting to know them.”
Building that relationship with the students allows mentors to have meaningful sessions where they can discuss important topics around women’s health, drug and alcohol abuse, road safety, healthy nutrition, financial literacy, and healthy relationships. Having the DSG mentors on campus gives students the ability to revisit topics and have a support network present throughout the day if they may need it.
“I think that it is important to have the Deadly Sista Girlz program as it really shows the students that they can have pride in their culture and as women band together to support each other,” said Sara.
For more information visit the Deadly Sista Girlz page.