PRESS RELEASE: 2016 Future Changers and World Shakers Unleashed!

PRESS RELEASE: 2016 Future Changers and World Shakers Unleashed!

Six inspiring young change makers have been celebrated for their contribution to social change at The Foundation for Young Australian’s (FYA) Unleashed Awards at Melbourne’s Federation Square.

Kicking off this weekend’s Unleashed Festival, Australia’s largest social change festival for young people, the Awards recognize young people between 15-29 who work in entrepreneurial and innovative ways to foster social good in their community, Australia and beyond.

FYA CEO, Jan Owen AM said the awards celebrate young people who are creating change in their community – from their backyard to overseas.   

“These innovative, thought-provoking and creative young people are contributing to and leading conversations and action that will shape the future of our nation – they are the movers and shakers of the social change,” Ms Owen said.

“By celebrating these individuals and their initiatives we hope to inspire young Australians and help unleash their potential to create a world they want to live in.”

The Unleashed 2016 Award Winners are:

  • Jumpstart: Jacqui Stark, NSW (Celebrating young people aged 13 – 26 who have the potential to scale their idea through digital, but just need a little jumpstart).
  • Local Legend: Josh Gilbert, NSW (Celebrating young people aged 13 – 26 working within their local community to create positive change).
  • Culture Connect: Mercedes Page, NSW (Celebrating a young person aged 15 – 26 who is turbocharging our connection with the Asian region through volunteer, social enterprise or other not-for-profit work).
  • New Wave: Jake Miller-Randle, VIC (Celebrating young people aged 15-26 the New Wave is awarded to an individual who is using technology or digital innovation to disrupt the way we catalyse and create social change.
  • Gamechanger: Bridie Ritchie, WA (Celebrating groups or individuals who are engaged in social or socially-minded business enterprise. This award focuses on innovation and enterprise skills).
  • Trailblazer: Paul Kooperman, VIC (Celebrating changemakers (individuals or groups) who are 29+, in recognition of their achievements).

Kimberley La, Sophie Telfer, Claudia Martha, Jessie Hughes and Katharine Brown were also recognized for their contributions at the Awards.


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