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    The Clough Foundation New Flagship Partner

    Feb 24, 2017

    The Clough Foundation (the Foundation) is proud to unveil a new partnership with Role Models and Leaders Australia (RMLA) to support their Girls Academy program in Australia.

    The new partnership aligns strongly with the Foundation’s six-pillar strategy to deliver sustainable benefits to the community and fills a vital gap in the Foundation’s existing strategy.

    Clough Foundation Chairman, Paul Kelly said, “The Foundation Board selected RMLA as a partner due to the significant and tangible success their programs have had with Aboriginal girls across Australia. We saw an opportunity to ensure the Foundation provides the same opportunities to Aboriginal Girls, as it does for Aboriginal boys, through our other partnerships.”

    The Girls Academy Project works within the school system to drive community-led solutions aimed at reducing the barriers that prevent Indigenous girls from completing their education and reaching their full potential. Their mission put simply is to “Develop a Girl – Change a Community.”

    As the future mothers and leaders of the Indigenous community, strong and educated young women are critical to closing the unacceptable gap that exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. RMLA Academy girls have the potential to be powerful catalysts for change in their communities, and we believe that education is the key to bringing about this change. The Girls Academy equips Indigenous girls with the tools required to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities.

    Program activities are designed with emphasis on the ‘Big 4’ objectives to:
    1. Increase school attendance
    2. Advance academic and personal achievement
    3. Improve year 12 graduation rates, and;
    4. Facilitate post-school transition planning.

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    About the Clough Foundation
    The Clough Foundation is a Charitable Trust that governs Clough’s philanthropic investment decisions.  Overseen by a semi-independent board, the Foundation provides support to organisations, communities or causes that provide sustainable benefits to society. 

    All investment decisions align with Clough’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy which is underpinned by six pillars: Children & Youth, Arts, Indigenous, Empowering Women, Education and Healthy Communities.

    www.clough.com.au/clough-foundation

    About Role Models and Leaders Australia
    The Girls Academy Program works within the school system to drive community-led solutions aimed at reducing the barriers that prevent Indigenous girls from completing their education and reaching their full potential. Our mission put simply is to “Develop a Girl • Change a Community”.

    Australian Indigenous girls face some of the greatest social disadvantage of our nation’s population. In every social measure, Australian Indigenous Girls trail their non-Indigenous peers in health, education, employment opportunities, earning capacity and life span.

    As the future mothers and leaders of the Indigenous community, strong and educated young women are critical to closing the unacceptable gap that exists between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. RMLA Academy girls have the potential to be powerful catalysts for change in their communities, and we believe that education is the key to bringing about this change. The Girls Academy equips Indigenous girls with the tools required to engage in their education, achieve their goals and change their communities

    www.girlsacademy.com.au