Tilly Davis was going to drop out of high school in Year 10, and keep washing dishes at her local tavern.
Now the Maryborough Girls Academy graduate is working as an Indigenous Student Support Coordinator at Xavier College, in Hervey Bay, sharing her passion for education with young people.
The turnaround began when she started at Maryborough Senior High School and enrolled in the Girls Academy program, Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander studies and the Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP).
Her passion for education was ignited, and her self-esteem lifted to enable her to complete Year 12 with a Certificate III in education support.
At Xavier College, she works with Aboriginal students, running homework club, facilitating cultural programs and inspiring others to follow in her footsteps.
Tilly said Girls Academy was like being in an extended family of sisters and aunties, providing her with a sense of belonging she had never felt before.
She feels empowered to contribute to closing the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, by achieving equality and equity in education.