The Stella Schools Program seeks to inspire and empower young people to find their own creative voices, challenge stereotypes and imagine a future not limited by their gender.

Stella Schools Program

The Stella Schools Program seeks to inspire and empower young people – girls and boys alike – to find their own creative voices, challenge stereotypes and imagine a future not limited by their gender.

The program encourages students to: develop their unique voices through writing, storytelling and a range of creative forms; improve their communication skills, hone their creativity and connect with potential writing mentors; critically engage with their own reading habits and the stories they’re exposed to; identify barriers to equality and understand how gendered language plays into power relationships; explore the ways words and language can be used to challenge gender inequality, support and foster marginalised voices, and empower all young people.

The program, which runs nationally, aims to bring about a lasting cultural shift in young people’s attitudes through its work in schools, its events program and its teaching resources.

The Stella Schools Program is for girls and boys in Years 7 to 12 and is comprised of:

    • Girls Write Up: a unique all-day festival for teens that inspires creativity and teaches empowerment through sharing and writing stories
    • Stella Intensives: week-long programs delivered in schools by visiting writers, designed to spark ideas, stimulate creativity and build self-confidence
    • In-school sessions: panels, creative workshops, keynote speakers and in-conversation events with notable women writers on a range of themes, such as ‘The Personal Is Political’ and ‘Choosing a Creative Life’
    • Professional development sessions for teachers and librarians
    • Resources: Extensive reading lists to encourage students to read widely, and educational resources to encourage critical engagement with texts and inspire classroom conversations about gender equality
    • Provocations: a series of live public events, podcasts and articles to stimulate discussion and deepen understanding around a range of issues affecting young people today

For all Stella Schools Program enquiries, contact us at schools@thestellaprize.com.au.

The Stella Schools Program is proudly supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Nelson Meers Foundation and the Hart Line Fund of the Australian Communities Foundation.

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