StarJam Charitable Trust

25 young people with disabilities will be given the opportunity to participate in StarJam’s Talent Expansion Programme thanks to a grant from the Mazda Foundation.

The $25,600 grant was the largest of the 17 grants given out in the June 2008 funding round.

CEO and founder Julie Bartlett believes StarJam’s objectives are closely aligned to those of the Mazda Foundation’s. “We were excited to hear we were receiving a grant from the Mazda Foundation. Like the Foundation, we work hard to assist the advancement of culture and arts in the community. The kids in our programmes gain an idea of what excellence is and learn so much from being involved,” she says.

StarJam was launched in 2002 to create opportunities for young people with disabilities to develop confidence and have fun through participating in performance activities, stage productions and other creative pursuits.

The Talent Expansion Programme consists of weekly ‘CoolJam’ workshops across a range of performing arts – Groovy Guitar, Dynamic Drumming, Singing Sensation, Dazzling Dance and Rockin’ Hip Hop.

The workshops are open to all young people up to the age of 25 and are an opportunity for them to develop their creative talents, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun.

“StarJam’s Talent Expansion Programme provides a platform for our young people to achieve excellence in their chosen performance or creative activity,” says Julie.