Governor of Qld, Dr Jeanette Young inspires the next STEM & GEM generation at Mabel Park SHS

Mabel Park State High School partners with our QUT Academics in an inspiring mentorship program that aims to address the lack of gender equity and social diversity that still exists in STEM-focussed careers and engage female high school students from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The school was proud to have been honoured with a visit from the new Governor of Queensland, Her excellency, the Honourable Dr Jeanette Young.  Her excellency gave generously of her time and during her visit, met with the school’s GEMS (Girls Excelling in Maths and Science) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) students during a Q&A session hosted by Executive Principal Hornby.  During this meeting Dr Young shared important and inspirational insights into her own career trajectory, including her most recent position as our Chief Health Officer and her new role as Queensland’s Governor.  The students listened intently while she shared her wisdom, including strategies for successful leadership, the importance of prioritising one’s own health and wellbeing, and finding something you love to do before pursuing this as a career, as well as talking to the students about the benefits of being agile and responsive to opportunities that may come your way!  The visit was made extra special by the STEM and GEM students QUT Mentor, Associate Professor Paige Little also attending to support the school group and highlight the QUT Mentorship programme that she has created to support these students to aim for University studies when they finish their High Schooling.