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The Ambassador for NTYW plays a huge part in the success of the initiative. The Ambassador not only provides a youth perspective towards the coordination of the week but will also be ‘the public face’ of the event in the NT. In other words, a key role of the Ambassador is to promote events to the media in the lead-up to and during NYW.
We have five amazing NT Youth Week Ambassadors in 2018 from all around the Territory.
Gabrielyn (Gabby), 17, is a bright young woman from Palmerston.
She is currently completing her final year at O’Loughlin Catholic College in her new role as School Captain. Last year Gabby completed a Certificate III in Business through the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.
Gabby moved from Liberia to Australia at the age of 8, and is an active member of the Darwin Liberian community.
She loves to volunteer and is involved in a number of community groups including the Darwin Festival, Anglicare, Saint Vincent De Paul and the RSPCA. As a result of her ongoing commitments to community groups, Gabby has strong connections to the Darwin community.
Gabby believes NT Youth Week is an opportunity to “grow from the people around you” and “is a great chance to connect with people like you!”.
Leah, 17, is from Katherine, and has lived there for the past four years.
Last year Leah represented Katherine as a Northern Territory Youth Round Table Member.
She is well known in the youth community of Katherine, as last year she completed year 12 at Katherine High School and now works as a tutor at the school. She is heavily involved in Katherine YMCA and is a surf lifesaver!
Leah has an infectious passion for creating a positive image of youth in Katherine, and takes pride in talking about and acting on issues which affect her community.
Ineke, 23, is from Nhulunbuy and currently works full time at the East Arnhem Regional Council and is studying a Bachelor of Commerce. She is also well connected with young people in the region through her dance teaching.
She participated in the NT Youth Round Table in previous years as well as the National Indigenous Youth Parliament. In 2016 she was invited to speak at the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva.
Ineke loves the Territory life style and wants to make a positive difference for young people here. Ineke is a current finalist for the 2018 Young Australian of the Year Award and is passionate about creating opportunities for Indigenous individuals around the world.
“What I love most about youth week is? It’s a time for all Youth to come together, have a voice and celebrate achievements. A time where youth can get inspired by other youth and have the opportunity to get involved and make a difference for our communities and nation”, Ineke Wallis.
Dunstan, 23, is from Beswick Community in the Roper Gulf Region. He is active, motivated and inspired by the children in communities around the Territory.
Dunstan is well connected in Beswick Community and works closely with other young individuals through his role as assistant teacher at Beswick School. He also works as a sports and recreation officer with the Roper Gulf Regional Council.
Dunstan has worked with young people his whole life and believes NT Youth Week is a great chance for young community leaders to help others in need. He thinks young people in the Territory should get involved in NT Youth Week as it is a chance to “learn new things and make new friends”.
Chelsea, 17, is from Alice Springs. She is currently completing year 12 at Saint Philips College and is passionate about the wellbeing of her fellow students.
She was recently awarded the position of Well-Being Captain, a role which sets out to improve the mental health of staff and students at school.
Last year, as a part of a 2017 Rookie Award, she developed a small business which focused on promoting well-being through positive texts. Chelsea is excited to communicate with young people from all over the Territory through her role as ambassador.
Chelsea believes NT Youth Week “creates a community in young adults by giving them an opportunity to develop their leadership and social skills, by getting to know others from different walks of life”.
Jessie is a Darwin born, young woman with a background in laboratory science and who recently completed her Masters in Disaster and Emergency Management.
Jessie has been involved in the Darwin musical community for several years and currently plays in the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Jessie was drawn to Youth Week because she believes it is a platform from which ideas can be shared and developed together.
Cassie is an Aboriginal woman from Alice Springs. Cassie finished Year 12 in 2016 and was a 2017 member of the Northern Territory Youth Round Table.
Cassie has been involved in a number of youth programs including the Foundation for Young Australians IMPACT Leadership Program and the Garma Festival Youth Forum. Cassie wanted to be involved in Youth Week because she is passionate about effecting change in her community and advancing youth culture.
Leicolhn was a 2016 member of the Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians and is studying a Bachelor of Social Science and a Certificate II in Community Health Research.
Leicolhn is a young Aboriginal woman and works as a youth worker in Gove. Leicolhn believes Youth Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate young people, provide a safe platform for diverse expression and celebrate the skills, talents and ideas of young Territorians.
Mark is a young Aboriginal man born and raised in Darwin. Mark is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Accounting with Charles Darwin University and works as a Community Legal Educator with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.
Mark had lots of experience with youth week events and other youth leadership initiatives, including Youth Parliament, YamSafe Indigenous Headspace and Bilata Indigenous Legal Pathways Program.
Mark’s favourite things about the Northern Territory are the diversity, the laidback lifestyle and general friendliness of other people.
Natasha was a 2016 member of the Chief Minister’s Youth Round Table. Natasha is studying a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) through Deakin University and works full time as a Taking Action to Tackle Suicide Project Officer.
Natasha is a young Aboriginal woman that has incredibly well-established networks throughout Tennant Creek.
Natasha is passionate about ensuring young people in Tennant Creek are provided with opportunities to get involved in youth week.
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