VicSRC pocket-rocket wins Youth Leadership Award
We are thrilled to share that Margaret Tran, 16, has won the Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award and $5,000 prize money to continue her community work.
The Newsboys Foundation Awards - presented at the Coopers Malthouse theatre by the Governor of Victoria, His Excellency the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC on Wednesday 22nd December, are designed to recognise people who work or volunteer in community organisations and who have inspired young Victorians to do great things.
The VicSRC team was stoked to share in Margaret's achievement. Since 2013, Margaret has been one of just 15 VicSRC Student Executives, representing the interests of all secondary students across the state.
Fellow students and teachers consistently describe Margaret as a passionate public speaker, natural leader and powerful voice. Margaret recently gave the key note speech at the 2014 VicSRC Recognition Awards, where she made profound observations about why student voice, student leadership and representation are so pivotal.
"I believe in student voice and that everyone, no matter how old, should have an opinion about their education," Margaret said.
"I've learnt that it's easy not to care about things, because a whole lot of things need changing and it can be overwhelming, but if you focus your attention on one thing, you can make a measurable difference. So the thing I promised myself to care about since grad 5 was to ensure that every student was learning in an enjoyable, practical and meaningful environment.
"Young people aren't just the leaders of tomorrow - they are the leaders of today."
In winning the Newsboys Foundation Youth Leadership Award, Margaret was awarded $5,000 in prize money. She plans to further her education, helpd pay for a World Challenge trip to Nepal and to help the VicSRC further its work.
You can read more about her achievements in The Age.
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