Girls Academy Leadership Summit

Updated: October 13, 2017

Beyond the Broncos recently hosted the first Girls Academy Leadership Summit in Red Hill. Year 11 & 12 students who were identified as future leaders in their schools and communities were invited to attend the 2-day program which focused on exploring career pathways and preparing for life after school. The program included visits to Griffith University’s Nathan Campus where the team from the GUMURRI Student Support Unit showed the students the many possibilities available to them at university including the aviation & law, amongst many others. They then took a trip to the 98.9FM radio station headquarters where they went on a behind the scenes tour and learnt about the traineeship opportunities offered by the station.  

The final stop was at Accor Hotels where students were shown the facilities and provided a presentation on careers for Indigenous people within the company. The presentation was led by 2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees at Accor. The day was topped off with a dinner with Beyond the Broncos alumni Breanna Buttenshaw, Cooee Elder Aunty Marion and Coori author Anita Heiss.  Breanna is a past participant of the Academy in the Redlands area and will graduate this year with a Bachelor of Justice and Bachelor of Human Services.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the first day of the summit and learnt a lot of valuable information about what pathways are available to them post school and how striving to be your best will eventuate in success. “It’s been really good because it has presented a lot of opportunities for hospitality and other places like that I can go to after school”.

The remainder of the summit focused on the students contributing ideas to further develop the program and hearing from some mentors and how they pushed through their own barriers to achieve success. This included stories from former NRL greats Justin Hodges and Jharal Yow Yeh as well as influential female idols such as Bo de la Cruz and female Broncos executive staff members who have excelled in a male dominated industry.  

“It is important to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models within our communities, knowing that they are from smaller communities and have exceeded in their disciplines and the girls now have someone to look up to. We have our future leaders here with us today and we want them to see it is possible and there are people out there doing it” said de la Cruz.

The summit was a great opportunity for our high achieving students to not only explore their career pathways but interact with likeminded peers and extend their friendship groups. Social interaction and peer support is an integral part of the program and all of the participants adapted to the new environment and challenges and have come away with a new group of friends.

“I was so nervous and scared because it’s a whole bunch of people you don’t know but I have made so many friends and it has been a really great experience”. 

October 10 marks the International Day of the Girl Child. This United Nations initiative focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. The Brisbane Broncos are supporting this aim with our Indigenous Girls Academy, which currently supports more than 600 girls with daily mentoring, personal development and in-school assistance.


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