Girls from Oz
- National Reach
Girls from Oz (g-oz) is a not for profit organisation premised on the a strong belief that all young people should be able to access and enjoy the benefits of the performing arts, regardless of economic position, geographic location or residential status. Girls from Oz was formed in 2006 by committed and passionate directors, alumni and staff of the Australian School of Performing Arts (ASPA), which encompasses the Australian Girls Choir and Australian Arts Alive. g-oz utilises the 30 years of expertise and experience of the ASPA team to deliver performing arts workshops encompassing song, dance, drama, language and story telling.
With a focus on Indigenous girls and young women, g-oz uses the performing arts as a hook of engagement to encourage participants to regularly attend school and experience the benefits of sustained engagement in educational activities. Our experience has shown that young people develop a strong sense of self-esteem, discipline and confidence as a direct result of singing, dancing, playing and performing with others - benefits that are then applied in their everyday lives in the community.
The intention of our programs is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young women to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence required to embark on adulthood with positivity and feelings of connectedness to the wider Australian community. Our programs seek to simultaneously improve learning outcomes, foster physical health, promote social and emotional well-being, improve behaviour, build a positive sense of cultural identity, develop life skills and ultimately enhance the future life prospects of participants.
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