Deadly Sista Girls get Keys 4 Life

Seven students at St Mary’s College in Broome have completed their Keys 4 Life, thanks to support from our Deadly Sista Girlz (DSG) program.

Participants were guided and supported by their DSG mentors who spent time with the girls, assisting them in preparing for the program and taking them to classes.

Keys4Life is a pre-driver education program that allows students over 15 years of age to learn about safe driving and sit their Learner’s Permit Theory Test. Keys4Life equips young people with positive road attitudes and an understanding of how to be accountable, safe drivers. A standard test that is needed an 80% passing rate to complete and get the Keys4life.

Deadly Sista Girlz Coordinator, Anna Kelly said she is thrilled to see the girls bloom and take the next phase in their journeys.

“I’m proud of them because they made that commitment to do it.”

The students are excited and ready to continue to work towards getting their license, recognising the importance for their future career pathways.

“I decided to step up and get my L’s. When I get a job, I will need a way there and back.”

St Mary’s College is one of 18 schools across the country that hosts the Deadly Sista Girlz program. Students from all year levels in the high school take part in a specialised empowerment and educational curriculum targeted at First Nations students. Activities include in-school sessions, sports carnivals, health programs and art activities, all focused on empowering young Indigenous students to make informed choices about their education and well-being, while maintaining a connection to culture and identity.

Since 2007, the program has reached over 5,000 girls and focuses on developing self-esteem and confidence, taking pride in First Nations identity, making a practical cultural contribution to the community, positive social interactions, developing relationships based on mutual respect, encouraging active self-development, and teaching about sexual and women’s health, drug and alcohol abuse, road safety, healthy nutrition, financial literacy, and healthy relationships.

Deadly Sista Girlz is an holistic education, empowerment and healthy lifestyle program for Indigenous girls operating in 18 schools across Australia. DSG is funded by the National Indigenous Australians Agency, with support from corporate partners. Find out more.

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