Mirror Secondary School Workshops

The Reach Foundation

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Youth - 15 to under 25
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

Reach delivers 100% youth led workshops that develop the social and emotional wellbeing of young people. Our facilitators are armed with the kind of insight only another young person can truly understand.

Mirror is an in person 90-minute workshop targeted at students in years 9 and 10 designed to provide a space for female identifying young people to explore, challenge and question the expectations and ideas that exist in society regarding femininity and the gender binary. The workshop asks participants to reflect on the impact of stereotypes and the expectations placed on them by society, others and themselves as they go through in-depth facilitation by a team of female only Reach facilitators.

The Mirror workshop encourages young women to examine the constraints and constructs placed upon femininity and to understand the authentic self that lies beneath these. Creating a sense of unity as women and working towards rewriting the norm of what it means to be a woman. Navigating the fast paced, ever-changing world as a young female comes with many challenges, often young females go through life thinking that they are alone in their experiences. Mirror provides a space for participants to honestly share where they are at in life, and all the thoughts and emotions towards their experience as a female in contemporary society. Mirror empowers our young participants to understand their value and promote their sense of self-worth and live by their own choices.

Expected Outcomes

Your support will reduce the financial costs of Mirror workshops for schools across Australia. By enabling Reach to offer Mirror workshops to schools at a reduced cost, your support will enable schools in low socio-economic areas to access Mirror workshops for their students who would otherwise be unable to access this important opportunity.

Mirror Workshop Objectives
1.Provide an opportunity for judgement and insecurities to become present in the room
2.Highlight influences that are present in society and explore how specific influences affect us
3.Identify individual behaviours and beliefs
4.Create unity as women
5.To understand our authentic self beneath the constraints and constructs
6.Practicing authenticity in a supportive space
7.Re write the norm
8.Challenge the female stereotype

Desired Outcomes for Participants
•Greater understanding of the role judgements and insecurities can play on how the group interacts
•Acknowledgement of the impact of societal views on femininity and the affect this can have on participants
•Increased understanding of individual behaviours and beliefs
•Increased curiosity
•To have an experience asking and being asked questions, and to operate from a place where they feel like themselves.

We will know we are successful if we can increase the number of schools from low socio-economic and highly diverse backgrounds that can experience the Mirror workshop.

Project Data & Lessons

Reach workshops are supported by a comprehensive evaluation framework maintained by our internal wellbeing team of psychologists and social work professionals. This framework involves both a pre-workshop and post workshop evaluation of participants to determine the direct impact of their engagement with Reach. Post workshop delivery we evaluate the experience of all participants and their teachers. We provide them a questionnaire of qualitative and quantitative questions to determine whether we have successfully achieved our objectives and desired outcomes. Reach evaluations not only allow us to review the impact our programming has had on participants but also allow our work to stay relevant and impactful to the young people we engage.

At the end of the calendar year, we will create an Impact Report that outlines key takeaways, provides statistical analysis and highlights key quotes from participants and teachers from the year’s workshop delivery. An example of an impact report for a different program can be sent to you.

Project Dates


Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Hanes Brands Pty Ltd
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment, In-kind contributions, Pro bono services, Subsidies

Organisation Details

The Reach Foundation
ABN: 87 069 837 627


Andrew Farina
Phone: 0423981082

About The Reach Foundation

We inspire young people to believe in themselves and get the most out of life. In 1994 Reach started out with a simple reason for existing: to inspire young people to believe in themselves and get the most out of life. After almost three decades of working with more than 1,000,000 young Australians, that reason for existing remains true to our core. Too often the greatness of young people is hidden behind fear, anger and hurt. We know that being young is not without its struggles. We know that young people experience challenges that adults simply cannot relate to. And we know that one of the biggest hurdles young people face during the crazy years of adolescence – is to find the confidence and support to believe in themselves and get the most out of life. We know this, because young people rule Reach. And that’s why our work changes lives: because we deliver workshops that are designed by young people, delivered by young people, for young people. As we enter our fourth decade, we want to make sure that any young person can find and access our workshops – regardless of where they live or what their situation at home might be. We want to make sure that we can reach young people where they need us – that might be at school, through camps, in the community, in their workplace or online.

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