Regular school attendance is crucial to learning core skills, like literacy and numeracy, and achieving adequate levels of education for adult life. However, this message often needs to be delivered by role models beyond family and school. The sporting star status of the Brisbane Broncos brand has proven a very effective medium at communicating with young people.
Since 2017, Arrow Energy and the Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy have
- partnered eight Surat Basin schools
- Toowoomba State High School
- Centenary Heights State High School
- Harristown State High School
- Oakey State High School
- Dalby State High School
- Chinchilla State High School
- Tara Senior College
- Miles State High School
- provided weekly mentoring to 600 Indigenous young people, and
- run an annual cultural camp.
The Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy works directly with schools and communities to support Indigenous girls, from Years 7 to 12, into young adulthood.
The features of the program include:
- in-school mentoring and support from school-based Broncos staff
- semester challenges and rewards for attendance and behavior
- group presentations on topics including culture, lifestyle and careers
- support in completing Year 12 and developing career pathway plans, and
- exclusive access to Broncos staff, players, facilities and events.