January Camp Courage Wrap-Up

Life is better when it’s spent around the campfire, and our January Camp Courage only proved this to be true. For 40 girls, the adventure began with the first step onto the bus, a mix of nerves and excitement eventually spilling out onto the stunning campgrounds at Ivory’s Rock.

Girl Now: Final Edition

Throughout the last 11 posts in this blog series, I have reminded everyone to live in the present and enjoy every moment. However, this month, I am going to say that every so often it isn’t such a bad thing to look back and acknowledge the past for it only makes us more grateful for things we have in the present. This post is going to look back at the year that was 2019.

Girl Now: Live From New York

This month I am posting live from New York City. Crazy, I know. I recently graduated high school and this is my version of ‘schoolies’. However, before graduating, I went through one of the craziest, happiest, saddest and most unbelievable couple of weeks ever. Throughout the week I had a teacher tell me that although it is sad that I should live every moment and make the most of the time I had. Pretty much, they told me that I had to live in the present.

Girl Now: World Teachers Day

October 5. A day that for many, is just another cross on the calendar. However, as students (on holidays, or not), this day is more than just any other day. October 5 is internationally recognised as World Teachers Day, a day in which we recognise and celebrate the impact that teachers make on our lives.

Girl Now: Feeling The Heat

Basically, this month at school feels like deciding the rest of your life no matter what grade you’re in.

Girl Now: National Science Week

This month, Holly looks at National Science Week and reminds us all of the incredible things that science brings to our daily lives. National Science Week is a time to celebrate people who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields and this month’s Girl.Now blog is a great example of doing exactly that.

Senior Camp Courage Wrap-Up

Senior Camp Courage saw 32 girls coming to us from near and far—with one girl even flying in to us Cairns—and it was with a mix of nerves and excitement that they all piled into the bus that would take them to the stunning campgrounds at Ivory’s Rock. 

Junior Camp Courage Wrap-Up

Held in the stunning natural surrounds of Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens auditorium in the heart of Brisbane. Camp Courage’s first ever 21 participants were in for a real treat, with beautiful sunny weather across the three days and a heap of activities designed to build their confidence and courage.

Girl Now: Malala Day

Too often we find ourselves complaining about the pressures and stresses of school, but as Malala Day is tomorrow, it is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the power that education has on our daily lives.

Girl Now: Keep Your Friends Close

At the time of deciding what I wanted to write this month’s blog about, I had just had an argument (of sorts) with a friend (this was a couple months ago, June Girl Now has been in the works for a while!). Now, neither of us went about the situation in the right way and I know that I was worried about something else on that day but I learnt a very good lesson from it: keep your friends close.

Girl Now: Mother’s Day

In May, we celebrate mothers. We celebrate all that they do for us, their constant guidance and support and the love that they have for us. This month’s blog is a little different in the sense that it is a ‘thank you’ note from teenager’s to their mothers (or extraordinary motherly figures in their lives).

April Events Recap

January’s theme was ‘Creativity’ and it was explored through meeting women who had forged creative careers, workshopping the girls’ own creative voices and understanding the stories shaping their world, and seeing behind the scenes at a dynamic, modern ad agency that was creating different forms of creative every day.

Girl Now: The Power of Sports

I’m going to go straight ahead and put it out there: I love sport. Playing, umpiring, learning and watching it. Although, this is mainly in regards to netball, I absolutely love everything that comes with learning a and training for sports- the setbacks and the successes, the new skills and the memories made along the way.

March Events Recap

January’s theme was ‘Creativity’ and it was explored through meeting women who had forged creative careers, workshopping the girls’ own creative voices and understanding the stories shaping their world, and seeing behind the scenes at a dynamic, modern ad agency that was creating different forms of creative every day.

Girl Now: International Women’s Day

Whether you know it or not, March 8 is International Women’s Day. On this day, women from all around the world wear purple (the official colour of International Women’s Day) and come together to celebrate the accomplishments of each other. This day is full of building each other up and recognising how far women have come in working to gain equal rights and how they have forged the way for a more gender equal world.

February Events Recap

February’s theme was ‘Tech’ and we had so much fun diving into such an exciting world! We met women who’d never even considered tech as a career path, and others that has been coding at the same time as learning to talk.

Girl Now: Galentine’s Day

For the past 4 years at school I have celebrated Valentine’s Day a little differently. Instead of spending the day thinking about any future partners I may have, I, along with the rest of my school celebrated ‘Galentine’s Day’. This essentially is the same as Valentine’s day except we recognise the amazing girlfriends in our lives.

January Events Recap

January’s theme was ‘Creativity’ and it was explored through meeting women who had forged creative careers, workshopping the girls’ own creative voices and understanding the stories shaping their world, and seeing behind the scenes at a dynamic, modern ad agency that was creating different forms of creative every day.

Girl Now: New Year, Same Me?

January: the first month of the year, the time where everyone is setting their yearly resolutions (that will most likely be broken before the month is up!!), planning for the year ahead but for everyone still in school, it’s our last month of holidays. Throughout January, all over social media (almost anywhere we look), there is promotion of the new person that we become with the start of a new year. Well, I say that even though it’s a new year, can’t I be the same me?

An Interview with Girl Shaped Flames Founder: Tanya Meessmann

My name’s Holly and I am a year 11 (going into year 12) high school student and long-time Girl Shaped Flame. I was curious about the journey that Girl Shaped flames has been on so I sat down with the Founder, Tanya Meessmann, to ask her a few questions and this is what she had to say.

Industry Ignite Partner Program Breakfast

Eggs on sourdough toast with a side of female empowerment – it was a match made in biz heaven at our FUEL 2019 Industry Ignite Partner Program Breakfast at The Brisbane Club on Tuesday 9 October.

A Sports Life All Day Event

Sunday 23rd September saw the final event in our All Day Event series of 2018: A Sports Life.  60 teen girls were inspired and moved by raw insights from 9 extraordinary Athletes and trainers who between them have decades of elite sporting experience in the always impressive Stadium at The Precinct.

A Designer Life All Day Event

62 girls, 9 Designers and creativity bursting at the seams. The recent A Designer Life All Day Event had a special energy to it: the sparks flew between the creative elite and the creative girls eyeing up their future pathways in order to follow their passion.

FUEL Energy Cells Happiness Project

GUEST POST by Tahlia, Y8 @ The Gap SHS: Elderly people: some times sweet, sometimes deaf…and apparently, always amazing. A group of us (Five Grade 7-9 girls) were lucky enough to spend Term 2 this year planning an awesome event. One that would spread happiness throughout the ages (literally!).  

21st Century Scientist All Day Workshop Event

60 girls, 11 Scientists and a ridiculous amount of inspiration. The recent 21st Century Scientist event left everyone suitably exhausted but with a verified belief that girls in STEM really are changing the world.

GSF.Connect Launch Event

We were SUPER EXCITED to introduce our new GSF.Connect platform at an exciting launch event held at The Precinct in Brisbane last week, designed to connect young women from both metropolitan and regional areas with inspirational women from around the world.

CEO Series All Day Workshop Event

60 girls, 3 CEOs, 3 Founders, 7 hours of power! The CEO Series was an ENORMOUS day filled with questions and answers, interactive workshops, inspiring stories and real-world guidance. (Oh and then there was the amazing food…!)  We were so thrilled to see all of the girls make the most of their time with the Extraordinary Women there to work with them, and many went home with photos, email addresses and LinkedIn connections to call upon in the future.

2017 Recap – 13 events | 250 participants | So much Fire!!

With a happy sigh and a smile we put together the following short recap of what was on offer, and now look to 2018 with even MORE fire in our bellies!  Roundtables! All Day Workshop Series Events! Launch of our FUELme Mentoring Program! It’s all happening and it’s going to be awesome.

Thank You CQUniversity Australia

Over the past few months, FUEL has been partnering with CQUniversity Australia to bring you our Feed The Beast Talks at Brisbane Powerhouse. They have been eagerly supporting our innovative way of engaging and educating young women through first-hand learning informed by real-world experience, and they too believe in the importance of providing teen girls with the skills they need to make a difference in our society and change the world!

Rhiannon Bannenberg Feed The Beast Recap

After a busy morning with a number of Strike Workshops earlier in the day, Rhiannon Bannenberg was ready to be put on the stage and under the spotlight for her Feed The Beast Talk at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Rhiannon Bannenberg – Workshops Galore!

Earlier in December, Director, Composer, Cinematographer and all-round awesome chick, Rhiannon Bannenberg was in Brisbane for a series of FUEL activities. Her time here was short, but it covered everything from One-On-One Mentoring to Strike Workshops, PLUS a Feed The Beast Talk (Sheesh!).

Sonia McDonald Instills Leaders with Confidence

Earlier in the week Brisbane’s own Sonia McDonald, CEO of LeadershipHQ, commanded the stage at Brisbane Powerhouse for FUEL’s most recent Feed The Beast Talk. To say that the audience of teen girls left fired-up and ready to rock would be an understatement – but not before Sonia had some interesting insights to reveal about the audience…

Rhiannon Bannenberg: thoughts on having a Plan B and Hollywood’s current climate.

Rhiannon has a career anyone would be proud of – but it’s not what she has done that makes her an inspirational role model for teen girls – it’s how she thinks, works and how responds to any challenge thrown her way.

FUEL on Channel Ten News!

Early last week Channel Ten News picked up our rockclimbing adventure with Ky Furneaux. Check out their awesome feature below!

Be Bold, Be Brave, Go Rockclimbing

By immersing teen girls in experiences without a curriculum, they develop a sense of self, build confidence and understand what it takes to work as a team. All skills that will transfer into any school endeavour or career progressions they may have in the future.

A Leader Looks Back – Sonia McDonald, LeadershipHQ

We caught up with our next Extraordinary Woman, Sonia McDonald for a quick chat about why leadership skills aren’t necessarily just for leaders. Check it out!

FUEL is in The Sunday Mail

Here at FUEL we already know it’s important for young girls to #skillup outside of the normal curriculum, but it still comes at such a boost of encouragements to see media outlets agree.

Ky Furneaux: Feed The Beast Recap

After a busy day which started with teaching QLD Scouts how to rockclimb at Kangaroo Point, Ky Furneaux swapped the sneakers for a pair of (boot)heels, and presented to an energised audience at our Feed The Beast Talk later that night.

Hitting the ground running

On November 3rd, an eager bunch of girls participated in FUEL’s first workshop: Stress, Your Mind & Your Muscles hosted by Science of Fitness. Decked out in their fitness gear ready to dive in, the girls were introduced to workshop host, Rory, who took them by surprise with his fast facts about why the brain is the most important factor in exercise, and how it can be utilised to reduce levels of stress and anxiety.

Check out our launch event with Stephanie Rice!

On October 31st we kicked off our 2017 events with triple Olympic gold medalist, Stephanie Rice OAM. It was an amazing night with every audience member left buzzing and ready to chase after their own dreams.

Ky Furneaux: Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Awesome.

People are quick to assume that Ky Furneaux’s success comes from the fact that she is a strong woman in a physical industry, but Ky outright REJECTS this attitude. She believes that achieving success (regardless of the industry) takes more internal strength, determination and self-belief than any physical factor.

An honest interview with Kelly Son Hing: Associate Producer on ‘Rip Tide’.

You may not have heard of Kelly Son Hing before, but she is an inspiration to girls everywhere. Kelly (24) is an Executive Assistant and has most recently worked alongside our very own Extraordinary Woman, Rhiannon Bannenberg on the film, ‘Rip Tide’, starring Debbi Ryan.

Why GSF? Why Now? Hear from Founder: Tanya Meessmann

When we try to explain where the idea to start FUEL came from, it’s hard to put into words. There was a dog park, dusk, a teen girl, gumtrees, a leadership exam coming up…you can see how that’s already confusing…

It’s never too young to start: an honest interview with Maja Wilbrink.

Last week FUEL was lucky enough to sponsor an event hosted by ChangeMakeHer, an organisation aimed at empowering women in typically male-dominated industries. Earlier we heard from the organiser, Maja Wilbrink, who at 17 is nothing short of impressive.

Stephanie Rice: An Interview

Recently, we got the chance to delve deeper into the Extraordinary Woman that is, Stephanie Rice. Her extremely honest and open nature allowed us all to identify with the triple Olympic gold medalist more than we first thought possible. We certainly can’t wait to see her at our Feed The Beast Talk on October 31st, don’t miss out grab your tickets now!