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Wyndham City Youth Services is committed to supporting and promoting the ingenuity and accomplishments of young people across the municipality.

Each month Council will select a Wyndham resident aged between 12 – 25 to be awarded the ‘young person of the month’.

The award aims to build the profile of young people who are positively contributing to the Wyndham community and thank them for their dedication. The selected monthly candidate will be a positive role model to other young people in the community who may have similar aspirations and goals.

What the award entails

Winners of the One Wyndham Young Person of the Month will receive:

  • A $200 gift voucher of their choice, for materials that will help with their education, work or voluntary commitments
  • A certificate, which they can reference in their CV and job applications
  • A professional video showcasing their accomplishments, to be published on Council’s social media accounts and in Council centres
  • A profile article in the Council magazine, Wyndham News, and on the One Wyndham webpage
  • An advert in the Star Weekly newspaper, highlighting their achievements
  • The opportunity to take part in youth-led podcast, to discuss their passions.

Winners

September winner – Alexander Dalton

September winner – Alexander Dalton

Alexander, 17, is a passionate LGBTIQ+ advocate with a formidable public speaking record.

Please tell us about your current studies, employment or voluntary work.

I am a 17-year-old transgender man and an advocate for change, specifically within mental health and LGBTQ+ rights areas. I have been speaking publicly about my experiences as a young person, a person who has suffered – and still suffers – from mental illness, and as a gender diverse individual.

These opportunities have allowed me to inspire people to be themselves, and help others understand what we’re going through to some degree, particularly concerning the transgender community.

What is your community involvement and/or achievements?

I am the youngest member of headspace Werribee's Youth Advocacy Group, where I have revamped our schools workshops to make them more applicable and relatable to young people.

I have presented speeches for Orygen and Wyndham City and spoken at events such as the Midsumma Festival. I’d like to think that my speeches have made a positive contribution to those in the community who have heard them.

How do you influence other young people within the community in a positive way?

I influence young people to be themselves – whatever that looks like. Whether they’re trans/gender diverse, queer or insecure about who they are. I encourage them to realise their worth and their potential, and show them that they are greater than they think they are. That everything is going to be okay. That they’re going to be okay.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I hope to move into public speaking full-time with the possibility of politics in my sights. I think it will be the most effective way to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and promote mental health, particularly from a financial and legal standpoint, which, I find, is where a lot of advocacy can fall short or fails to be heard.
 

August winner – Phoebe Edwards

August OneWyndham winner – Phoebe Edwards

Phoebe, 17, is a dedicated environmentalist who is taking both local and global action to make the world a more sustainable place.

Please tell us about your current studies, employment or voluntary work.

I am in year 12 at Wyndham Central College studying VCE. For the past seven years I have been participating in Beach Patrol 3030 clean-ups and been involved with organisations such as the Werribee River Association.

What is your community involvement and/or achievements?

I went on an expedition with World Challenge to Malaysia and Borneo for a month, where we assisted in the conservation of green sea turtles at Tanjung Datu National Park. I have spoken at Sea Life Aquarium's virtual youth summit for World Oceans Day this year.

In my new project, I have been going to my local park each week to clean and sort rubbish so I can learn more about pollution issues in my area.

How do you influence other young people within the community in a positive way?

I participated in a grant committee with the Victoria International Container Terminal, where I achieved a $10,000 grant for Wyndham Central College.

Using this, I have helped plan a project for VCAL students at my school, where we can work with Alma Doepel to build wooden boats that allow students from my school to pick up unreachable rubbish and plastic in local waterways and Port Phillip Bay.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

My hope is that the projects I undertake can become my job in the future, and for me to be able to study animal or environmental science next year. My biggest passion that I hope to work towards is implementing more environmental education into school curriculums.

July winner – Logan Tapuala

Logan Tapuala

Logan, 16, is a proud Samoan Australian, who moved to Truganina from Samoa in 2014. Logan has a passion for Siva Afi – a traditional Samoan knife fire dance – and has co-founded a business teaching the skill to Wyndham residents.

Please tell us about your current studies, employment or voluntary work.

I am studying at Tarneit Senior College in year 11. I am cofounder of a business Measina Siva Afi School, where I teach Samoan fire knife dancing.

What is your community involvement and/or achievements?

I have volunteered with Williams Scout Group and other community groups to help run fundraising sausage sizzles, planted trees along James Cook Drive Reserve in Truganina with Truganina Community Group and have worked alongside Pacific Climate Warriors to share the need to fight climate change.

How do you influence other young people within the community in a positive way?

I show them through example that respecting your own culture can help to understand similarities in other cultures, so that we see we are more alike than different.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?

I want to make a living as a Siva Afi performer and use my skills and knowledge to help others.

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