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The 2017 NYW Ambassadors

The Ambassador for NYW 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.

Five NYW Ambassadors have been appointed from across the Northern Territory.

Ms Natasha Evans, 19, for the Barkly Region

Mr Mark Munnich, 24, for the Darwin, Palmerston and Darwin Rural Region

Ms Jessie Spargo, 23, for the Darwin, Palmerston and Darwin Rural Region

Ms Leicolhn McKellar, 25, for the East/West Arnhem Region

Ms Cassie Boyle, 18, for the Central Australia Region

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If you would like to get in touch with any of the NYW Ambassadors or would like to become the Ambassador for Central Australia please contact the NYW Coordinator on (08) 8999 3880 or email oya@nt.gov.au.

Previous NYW Ambassadors

2016 - Pritika Desai

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Pritika is passionate about giving young people opportunities to use their potential. She believes that anyone with an idea and some motivation can create great things for themselves and their community.

"Being the 2016 NYW Ambassador was an absolute whirlwind! I got to be involved in every aspect of NYW, from selecting merchandise, speaking to the media, reviewing grant submissions and attending all the great events. The best part though was having a platform to bring awareness to the issues affecting my peers and to spark change in the community. NYW is a celebration of all the awesome things that make us youth; our potential, our drive and our passion. I loved being a part of that!"

2015 - Sharnie Roberts

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Sharnie was an Indigenous Youth Engagement Officer during NYW 2015, only new to the Territory she loved the laid back lifestyle and strong Indigenous culture.

Sharnie believes all young people should in youth week so they can be recognised for their great achievements and participation in our community.

2014 - Amy Hetherington

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Amy was inspired to apply for the position of NYW Ambassador because she wanted to encourage more young people to have their own say and represent themselves. Amy believes that all young people have a story that deserves to be shared and celebrated.

"I absolutely adored being a NYW Ambassador. It was such a fun, positive and inspiring position to be in and I learnt so much about my local community and all the amazing things people are doing here. It was a brilliant opportunity to enhance my skills in marketing, events, communications and media as well and resulted in a number of MC opportunities and involvement on other youth projects. The best part about it is being able to share the stories and successes of my fellow young Territorians on a national scale. I would really recommend this position to anyone who is passionate about their local community, energetic and keen to jump right in and have a good time and someone who wants to celebrate what is means to be a young person in the NT."

2012/13 - Kenneth Kadirgamar

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Kenneth is a passionate public speaker, and applied to be part of NYW to encourage greater, diverse participation of young people in the annual initiative. Kenneth is involved in numerous youth groups and organisations, including Multicultural Youth NT.

"I had the privilege of being selected as the NT National Youth Week Ambassador and it gave me the opportunity to place myself outside my comfort zone and do something that I had never done before. 

It challenged me to become the face of National Youth Week, meet some amazing young leaders and show the community what young people can do. 

Through my experience, I met incredible young people who are committed to making a positive impact on their community and it gave me confidence in knowing that the future of the local community, the country and the world was in very good hands. 

Following on from my role as National Youth Week Ambassador, I was able to apply the communication, public speaking and networking skills I learned in my career as a civil engineer. I learned skills over the two year term that I am still using to this day and I cannot be more thankful for the opportunity I was given to take on this role".

2010/11 Larnie Batten (nee McClintock)

2008/09 - Amy Robinson

2006/07 - Aaron Watson

2005 - Daniel Bourchier

2004 - Megan Coutts

2003 - Jonathon Collins

More information

For more information about NYW:

Office of Youth Affairs
Phone    (08) 8999 3880
Email     oya@nt.gov.au

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