The Johnathan Thurston Academy has officially launched the life changing JTLeadLikeAGirl program at Mardsen State High School.
The program is set to inspire and empower next generation of young women as eighteen female students of First Nations’ heritage in grades 9, 10 and 11 have been selected by the school to take part in the innovative program.
Sponsored by Worley, a global provider of professional project and asset services to the energy, chemicals, and resources sectors, the JTLeadLikeAGirl program will cover key areas such as goal setting, developing leadership skills and working on a plan to build the career or life path the young women want for themselves.
“We’re excited to be able to sponsor such a valuable initiative which is providing young women with the opportunity to make a positive impact on their local community, fellow peers and broaden their horizons to effect change on the world’s stage,” Gillian Cagney, Worley regional managing director (Australia & New Zealand), said.
“We hope the program will inspire these young women to embrace their place in the world and recognise the impact they can have when they believe in themselves and their potential to be leaders in their communities.
“We are very proud to be working closely with the team at JT Academy to deliver such a forward-thinking program.”
JT Academy Managing Director Johnathan Thurston said the program had been designed to encourage, educate, empower and inspire young women to reach for their dreams.
“Our goal is to empower young women with self-belief and courage to reach their full potential,” Thurston said.
“As a community, we strive to inspire young women to be confident, bold, and goal-oriented, but most importantly—to be kind and shine a positive light on each other.
“There is power in numbers and unity, and we want every girl across our nation to be part of our exciting and thriving community.”
Thurston said the support of Worley was invaluable in providing this opportunity to students at Marsden school.
“We are extremely grateful for Worley coming on board to support the program and we are certain the outcomes of the program will be positive,” he said.
“The end goal is to help change people’s lives for the better so they can then go on to become role models themselves for their children, their peers and their community.”
Thurston said he hoped through the program’s monthly workshops, participants would achieve personal growth and life success by being inspired.
“Our dream is to live in a world where women can live fearlessly and unapologetically. And our purpose is to work towards that dream by empowering one young Australian woman at a time,” he said.