Broncos help Emelia kick school goals
A Woodridge State High School student is kicking academic goals after a program, funded by a footy club, helped her overcome the odds to stay in school.
The Broncos Girls Academy program has empowered year 11 student Emeila Wescombe, to overcome her shyness, connect to her culture and stick at her studies.
Emelia, who joined the Broncos program last year, was once shy but now says she has the confidence to chase her dreams.
The program aims to improve school attendance, increase self-esteem and foster leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
More than 1700 girls from years 7 to 12 are enrolled in the Academy in 43 schools across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Through the leadership and encouragement of Academy ambassadors and sporting greats, such as Ali Brigginshaw, Scott Prince and Beryl Friday, Emeila hopes to get a job in the hospitality industry when she graduates.
"I used to be very shy, though through the program I have 100 % more confidence in myself
and know who I am," she said.
"I've learnt so much about my culture and where my family comes from.
"It's makes me proud to be an indigenous woman.
"The program makes me value education a lot more and gives me the confidence and opportunities to follow my dreams.
"My Nan has seen a big difference in me since I started the program last year.
"I've really found myself, am more open and have dreams to secure a job in the hospitality industry when I finish school.
"Having sporting stars such as Scott Prince and Ali Brigginshaw come to our school and run workshops, inspires the Academy girls to stay in school and set goals for the future."
Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy has supported more than 4000 students since it started in 2016, recognising the vital role young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play in influencing the next generation.
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Originally published as Broncos help Emelia kick school goals