STEMM is an innovative program based at Burnside State High School in Nambour, designed to empower pregnant girls and young mums through support and education to gain independence.
We currently have 40 girls enrolled in the program with many new referrals coming in each week.
STEMM's catchcry "BY EDUCATING A MOTHER YOU EDUCATE A FAMILY" underpins the program.
To this end we deliver a number of education programs including:
* Certificate 3 in Childrens Services and Tertiary Preparation Pathways in partnership with Sunshine Coast Tafe and University of the Sunshine Coast.
* Lifeskills, Parenting and Healthy Relationships Programs through the support of our onsite Counsellor, Social Worker and Youth Worker.
* Ante and Post Natal care through our partnerships with Queensland Health and CYMHS. Two Adjunct Care rooms operate to look after the children whilst the girls engage in the programs being offered.
STEMM has only been fully operational for 2 years and in that time has received many accolades. These include:
* Regional Showcase Award 2009 & 2010 -- School and Community Partnerships.
* Australian Excellence in Education Award 2009
* National Australia Bank "Schools First -- Local Impact" Award 2010 Channel 9 has also identified the significance of this initiative, with a special segment shown nationally on 60 minutes (April 3rd, 2011).
STEMM enrolments come from all areas of the Sunshine Coast and beyond. Education Queensland supports the program through the provision of facilities at Burnside SHS and teaching staff.
There is however a significant funding shortfall, as the programs requires a number of support staff which are currently unfunded.
To raise some of the necessary additional funding, the staff and girls of STEMM are organising a "Christmas in July -- Hollywood Style" fundraising dinner to take place on Saturday July 23. On this night we run a silent auction, as well as a major raffle. (We are still seeking donations to support this important part of the evening.
Please contact the number below if you'd like to contribute.
It would be greatly appreciated) Please contact STEMM through Burnside State High School on (07)54417300 to purchase your tickets.
Your support now in educating a teenage mother can break the cycle and improve the lives of themselves and their children.
Lake Kawana Community Center
6pm start for 12am finish
$75 per person or two people for $140 (when tickets are purchased at the same time)
Tables of 9-10 available
Lake Kawana Community Centre, Lake Kawana
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