Project Empower road trip delivers an important message to young women at Singleton High

DRIVING CHANGE: Hannah Wandel is a gender equality advocate, public speaker and the founder of Country to Canberra. Pictured here working with students at Singleton High.
DRIVING CHANGE: Hannah Wandel is a gender equality advocate, public speaker and the founder of Country to Canberra. Pictured here working with students at Singleton High.

 A group of female students at Singleton High School had the opportunity to be a part of Country to Canberra’s latest initiative – Project Empower.

With the founder and CEO of the not-for-profit organisation, Hannah Wandel, presenting an engaging and hands-on workshop to the eager participants on Monday.

The unique program is described as a national ‘workshop road trip’ that will empower teenage girls in rural and remote Australia to achieve their leadership potential.

When the fifteen thousand kilometre journey comes to an end in August, the volunteer facilitators will have travelled to over 80 communities – and reached out to over 3000 young women.

“The purpose of the project is to educate young women about gender equality, build their self-esteem and to encourage them to embrace their leadership strengths,” says volunteer, Lara Sinclair.

“It’s early days but we have found most of the girls struggle when they are asked to articulate one of their strengths.”

Principal Jo Scott says this is a continuation of the work they are already doing in this space across the entire school in regard to empowering students and giving them the confidence to speak out and take the lead.

“We recently held a Youth forum where a cross-section of students were encouraged to voice their opinions on what they want the school to look like,” she explains.

“There were some great ideas put forward such as re-establishing a gym at the school. We are currently investigating this possibility and where we could source funding for it.”

Ms Scott was also pleased to see that staff and students are on the same page.