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We’ve partnered with some of Australia’s leading organisations to develop a unique 12 month program designed to empower extraordinary women and girls to realise their potential through access to funding, mentoring and learning opportunities with industry experts, plus our own specialists at MECCA Brands’ HQ.
Dedicated to empowering young Australians to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges, the Foundation For Young Australians (FYA) is in the process of identifying six young female change-makers and philanthropists in their Young Social Pioneers program to attend an intensive MECCA M-Power Bootcamp, where they will step-up their skills and networks to ensure their ventures have the best shot at success.
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"The next 20 years will see the meteoric rise of female leadership, in all forms, around the globe. FYA is excited to be partnering with MECCA to back our young female entrepreneurs to answer the question posed so eloquently by the poet, Mary Oliver: ‘So what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’. Our answer at M-Power? ‘Step up and run the world’."
– Jan Owen AM, CEO, Foundation for Young Australians
Artwork by Atong Atem
Partnering with Australia’s oldest and most visited gallery, we are delighted to announce Atong Atem as the 2017 recipient of the MECCA M-Power Arts Grant. Atong is a very exciting young, South Sudanese artist and writer living in Melbourne who is developing a unique voice. As part of the grant, she will receive:
"The NGV is excited to partner in the MECCA M-Power project to create opportunities for emerging women artists."
– Tony Ellwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Chelsea Haywood, Engineers Without Borders grant recipient
"The world needs more women in STEM.
Australia needs more women in STEM!"
– Jo Horgan, founder and co-CEO, MECCA Brands
Together with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), we are excited to announce Chelsea Hayward as the recipient of the 2017 MECCA M-Power Grant. Chelsea has been a highly active member of EWB both locally and globally and is a valuable force behind expanding its school outreach program. Her proposed project will facilitate learning opportunities and mentorship in geographically diverse areas and open new doors to STEM pathways that students, particularly female, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, may not have previously considered.
MECCA M-Power will support and fund the development of Chelsea’s project through:
"It is my belief that empowering more women and girls to pursue STEM studies and careers will lead to greater diversity, which in turn will lead to greater innovation and better outcomes for society."
– Chelsea Hayward
Deakin University is delighted to announce Dr. Tamara May as the recipient of the 2017 MECCA M-Power Grant. As a revered researcher and psychologist, Dr. May’s focus is on understanding and overcoming the unique challenges faced by girls with disabilities and developmental vulnerabilities. She is leading the development of AllPlay Dance, a program that will enable children with disabilities to participate in all forms of dance programs throughout Australia, allowing them to enjoy the social, emotional and physical health benefits associated with dance.
MECCA M-Power will support and fund the development of Dr May’s project through:
"Thanks to the support of MECCA M-Power Program, we will create an Australian first initiative to put the spotlight on girls with developmental challenges and to create new opportunities for physical, psychological and social development through dance."
– Deakin University