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Nurturing Future Leaders: First Nations Girls Explore Native Foods and Entrepreneurship

This year, as part of our First Nations females in STEM program we have partnered with Young Change Agents (YCA). Together we are delivering our Native Food and Culture program alongside a ‘Future of Food’ entrepreneurial challenge to over 120 girls in five high schools across Adelaide, Brisbane and Bundaberg.

YCA is a not-for-profit social enterprise specialising in helping youth develop their enterprising skills through design thinking challenges.

Our co-designed program sees First Nations female students learn about bush foods and their role in First Nations culture and community via our Native Food and Culture program, before undertaking an entrepreneurial challenge to develop a social enterprise to tackle a food problem they are passionate about.

The aim for the program is to reward several of the teams with an entrepreneurial bootcamp later this year, bringing students together with business mentors and First Nations leaders to spend time On Country together and help to develop their entrepreneurial ideas.

The Food Futures’ program kicked off at Craigmore High School in Adelaide last week, where girls learnt about native foods and botanicals and their uses in cosmetics. With our partner Rebecca Sullivan of Warndu, the students designed their own products, brands and labels - we look forward to seeing the results as they continue to develop these through the YCA program.

We will share more stories from these programs and showcase the amazing products the girls have created as we move through this year. 

If you would like to know more about the program, or offer your support for us to be able to extend this work to more schools please get in touch with Sibilla at

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