Outstanding Youth Leader
The winner of the Outstanding Youth Leader award must
- Demonstrate evidence of being an extraordinary volunteer leader within a new or existing community
- Show evidence of where they have taken an active role for the well-being and improvement in their community.
Akano is a youth leader and an inspirational speaker in Western Sydney. As a voice for young people and a mentor, he has been able to inspire and galvanize his peers to believe in their potential through sharing his own life story. Because of his success and achievement as a mentor and a prominent public youth figure, his story serves as the living testament to the notion that anyone is capable of achieving anything, regardless of their circumstances, postcode, cultural background, and social conditions.
Anas Yaghmour has been working in the community for many years. He is a passionate medical student who enjoys his work. Despite his commitments, he runs an intense leadership program at one of the Youth Centres in the South West Sydney district. Anas’s primary focus with his community work is Youth Leadership Development. The program he runs hosts many prominent figures within the community from all levels of government. Through his extensive research for his programs, he has become deeply knowledgeable about the topics he teaches.
Elizabeth Koudakpo is a 24-year-old Youth Services caseworker at SydWest Multicultural Services. She is the driver for SydWest’s pilot Blacktown Emerging Leaders & Advocates (BELA) program first delivered in 2019 with great success. She is passionate about her community and young people, inspiring others to stand up and work for their communities. She arrived in Australia in 2008, a Togolese refugee, born & raised in a Ghanaian refugee camp. She arrived here with no English but quickly threw herself into all opportunities to develop herself and support her local communities. She is active with her local church, and established a charity with their support.
Fadi is a high distinction average student, studying a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Business. Fadi is a proud young man; actively involved in the community, he is a strong role model and driven young leader, committed to creating positive change, improving the lives of others and advocating for those less fortunate. Fadi works with White Ribbon Australia, is a voluntary member of Salvation Army, is part of WSU Mates Mentor for first-year students, volunteers at Cancer Council Australia, is an active volunteer at Summit Care Aged Care Facility has contributed in the University Scholars Leadership Synopsis in Malaysia and is a PASS Facilitator for WSU.
Lailah-Mae is a passionate, fierce and highly respected young leader of the Blacktown community. At 18, Lailah has dedicated more than 2500 hrs voluntary hours to supporting some of the most marginalized members of the Lalor Park and Blacktown community. In her capacity at BYSA, Lailah has been instrumental in developing and leading the IGNITE young leaders project, the first Youth-Led initiative within Western Sydney, allowing young people with lived experience of social, and economic disadvantage, incarceration and trauma to have an active seat at the table. Lailah has recently enrolled in TAFE to undertake a certificate in Youth Work, as she combines her lived experience with professional studies.
Lida Mangal has demonstrated extraordinary leadership within the Afghan Community. Despite being busy raising 3 young kids she has always dedicated time and support to the Afghan community through participating in, and representing the Afghan women in, a lot of workshops, conferences and community engagement activities. She has been a great example to a lot of women who took a break raising a family while still being active in the community. Her insights and understanding of the challenges faced by Afghan women is tremendous and has greatly contributed to the design and deliver of projects/programs in the community.
Lui Savea is a passionate, driven and highly respected young leader in the Blacktown community. His commitment to assisting the most at-risk and vulnerable young people in the Blacktown and greater Western Sydney community has had a positive, life-changing impact on their lives. With a history of having experienced first-hand the impacts of trauma, mental health, homelessness & incarceration, Lui provides hope to youth who have all the odds stacked against them. In his capacity at BYSA, Lui combines his lived experience growing up on the streets, and passion for creative engagement to assist young people to find belonging and connection.
Sam was born in Iraq in 2000. He and his family fled Morsul after the death of his father and brother, landing in Turkey for 3.5 years until his family were granted visas to Australia, arriving in 2017. During his time in Turkey, Sam taught himself to speak English. After receiving no schooling for several years, Sam dedicated himself to his education. He also took up an opportunity to become a mentee in the Refugee Youth Peer Mentoring Program, determined to make the most of every opportunity. He quickly became a role model and leader amongst his peers.
Sabah is a young caring lady that has great leadership skills. She is very empathetic and resilient. Her determination and focus is beyond her years. Sabah demonstrates extraordinary leadership within the community. Sabah has been involved in many community events and fundraisers over the last few years. Sabah has been a cadet at St. John Ambulance since January 2016. Sabah has been in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). Sabah is currently an AYAN Ambassador for the Australian Youth Advisory Network. Sabah has been involved in the Bankstown-Canterbury Council Youth meetings for Youth Week over the last 2 years.
Sonia Sharma is an inspiring young woman with a go-getter work ethic and a phenomenal community volunteer. At only 15, Sonia has shown amazing civic contribution, won multiple accolades for her volunteering and is excelling at her academic studies. Sonia is definitely a leader of the future and is up for the challenge to be a change maker amongst her peers. Her most recent award was the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award which is an amazing acknowledgement that recognises students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within the school and the broader community. This award really epitomises Sonia’s overall commitment to giving back to the community.
Zeyad volunteers at the Australian Air League (Riverwood Squadron) and at St. John Ambulance. Zeyad is a friendly young man who has a lot of patience and never gives up. Zeyad is resilient, kind and very caring with a calm nature. He helps everyone he knows and strives to make sure everyone is cared for. He has a big heart and a big smile. Zeyad demonstrates extraordinary leadership within the community. Zeyad has been involved in many community events and fundraisers over the last few years. Zeyad has been a cadet at St. John Ambulance (Bankstown Division since January 2016.