MEDIA RELEASE: Unleashed Awards celebrate trailblazers driving social change

MEDIA RELEASE: Unleashed Awards celebrate trailblazers driving social change

Nine trailblazing initiatives led by and impacting young Australians have been celebrated at the Foundation for Young Australians’ (FYA) 2017 Unleashed Awards.

The Unleashed Awards recognise young Australians who are leading and creating social change in communities, industry and public life, across the country and beyond.

The winners were announced at a ceremony at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge on Thursday 19 October.

FYA CEO, Jan Owen said the Unleashed Awards are an opportunity to recognise initiatives that give back, enrich communities and make a positive contribution to society, as well as the young people who lead them.

“These inspiring individuals and the initiatives they’re leading demonstrate the untapped potential of young people across Australia who have the talent, creativity, and ideas to create a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous society,” Ms Owen said.

The challenges they are inheriting make it not only important but absolutely vital that we provide them with opportunities, back their ideas, and encourage enterprise to develop their innovation capacity.”

The 2017 Unleashed Award winners are:

Rookie Entrepreneur of the Year, Years 7-9 (Celebrating an innovative business, venture, or social enterprise that was created by students  from years 7 – 9 at school): BCD Services

Rookie Entrepreneur of the Year, Years 10-12 (Celebrating an innovative business, venture, or social enterprise that was created by students  from years 10-12 at school): Mental Music

Jumpstart Award (Celebrating a venture, social enterprise or business just starting out with a social purpose led by a young person aged 12-18): Please Fix

Local Legend Award (Celebrating a social enterprise or business led by young people aged 15-25 making a genuine impact in their local community and beyond): E-Raced (Prudence Melom)

Vanguard Award (Celebrating a social enterprise or business led by young people aged 18-29 making a genuine impact in their local community and beyond, with a significant potential to grow): Catalysr

Gamechanger Award (Celebrating social enterprises and venture led by young people aged 18-29 changing the game which has a history of genuine impact and leading changemakers of their generation): Little Dreamers

New Work Order Award (Celebrating Australian businesses, organisations and educational institutions such as Universities and Schools that a commitment to preparing young people for the future of work and the world): The Global Consulting Group      

Champion of Change Award (Celebrating a public figure leading the way in social change and using their influence to make a positive difference in the community): Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Inspired Citizen Award (Celebrating young people who recognise and act on their potential to lead positive change in their communities): Stomping Out Stereotypes, Frankston High School, VIC

ENDS

For all media queries please contact Shona McPherson via 0407 507 580 or shona.mcpherson@fya.org.au

Award Winners Biographies

Rookie Entrepreneur of the Year, Years 7-9| BCD Services

BCD​ ​Services​ ​offered two primary functions: distribution of goods such as pizza and beverages, and contract physical labour.​ BCD advertised through ​local​ ​businesses,​ ​school​ ​posters​ ​and​ ​announcements​, and​ ​social​ ​media​. With​ ​over​ ​54​ ​hours​ ​of​ ​physical​ ​labour​ ​and​ ​6​ ​business​ ​propositions​ ​over​ ​the​ ​4​ ​week​ ​life​ ​span​ ​of​ ​BCD Services,​ ​the students​ ​earned​ ​$1268​ ​in​ ​total​ ​profits.​ ​60%​ ​of​ ​profits​ ​were donated​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Cancer​ ​Council,​ with ​the​ ​remaining​ ​profits divided​ ​between​ ​the​ ​3​ ​business​ ​partners,​ ​leading​ ​to​ ​$169​ ​per​ ​person​ income.

Rookie Entrepreneur of the Year, Years 10-12 | Mental Music

Mental Music​ ​is​ ​a​ ​podcast​ ​published​ ​fortnightly, aiming to address mental health issues among young people. ​The​ ​20-30​ ​minute​ ​episodes include​ ​youth​ ​commentary,​ ​interviews​ ​with​ ​professionals,​ ​and​ ​feature​ ​music​ ​written​ ​and​ ​produced​ ​by​ ​students.​ By having open and honest conversations about mental health, Mental Music contributes to ​the normalisation​ ​of ​these ​issues and ​promotes​ ​positive​ ​change​ ​in​ ​young​ ​people’s’ awareness and attitudes. This​ ​project​ ​has​ ​been​ ​run​ ​by​ ​its​ ​founder,​ ​Jordan​ ​O’dell-Fontana,​ ​for​ ​over​ ​12​ ​months and was​ pitched​ ​to local Queensland​ ​investors​ ​at​ ​Brisbane​ ​incubator​ ​lab,​ ​Little​ ​Tokyo​ ​Two.

Jump Start Award | Please Fix

Please​ ​Fix​​ ​is​ ​an​ ​app​ ​that​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​simple​ ​for​ ​people​ ​to​ ​report​ ​problems​ ​like​ ​potholes​ ​or​ ​graffiti​ ​to​ ​local​ ​governments.​​​ Users just ​ ​point​ ​the​ ​app​ ​at​ ​a​ ​problem​ ​and​ ​take​ ​a​ ​photo​, and​ ​Please​ ​Fix​ ​does​ ​all​ ​the​ ​rest.​ By using Please Fix, people can become more connected and involved in their communities.​ You can download Please Fix from the App store.

Local Legend Award | E-Raced – Prudence Melom

E-raced​ ​is​ ​a​ ​program ​designed​ ​to​ ​break​ ​down​ ​stereotypes​ ​and​ ​reduce​ ​racism​ ​through​ ​storytelling.​ ​A​ ​team​ ​of​ ​young​ ​new​ ​Australians​ ​from​ ​refugee​ ​and​ ​migrant backgrounds​ ​share​ ​their​ ​experiences​ ​with​ ​regional​ ​and​ ​rural​ ​High​ ​School​ ​students​ ​in​ ​years​ ​8​ ​-12.​ ​​These​ ​​events ​challenge and erase​ ​negative​ ​perceptions​ ​and​ ​stereotypes​ ​that​ ​result​ ​from​ ​a​ ​lack​ ​of​ ​contact​ ​with​ ​immigrants,​ ​and​ ​as​ ​a​ ​result,​ ​build ​more​ ​tolerant,​ ​understanding​ ​and supportive​ ​communities.​ ​E-raced has ​attended​ ​over 20​ ​schools​ ​in​ ​Queensland​ ​and​ ​was​ ​recognised​ ​in​ ​the​ ​2015​ ​Young​ ​Human​ ​Rights​ ​awards.

Vanguard Award | Catalysr

Catalysr​ ​runs​ ​a​ ​4-month​ ​business​ ​accelerator​ ​program​ ​enabling​ ​unemployed and underemployed​ ​migrants​ ​and​ ​refugees​ ​to​ ​create​ ​their​ ​own​ ​business. ​Catalysr​ worked​ ​with​ ​40​ ​entrepreneurs​ ​from​ ​migrant/refugee​ ​background​ ​in​ ​its​ ​first​ ​year, leading​ ​to​ ​the creation of 10​ ​new​ ​businesses.​ ​These​ ​businesses​ ​have​ generated ​over​ ​$300,000​ ​in​ ​revenue,​ ​and​ ​25​ ​full-time​ ​jobs​ ​and​ ​are​ ​continuing​ ​to​ ​grow. Catalysr’s​ ​​mission​ ​is​ ​to​ ​create​ ​10,000​ ​jobs​ ​in​ ​Australia​ ​in​ ​the​ ​next​ ​10​ ​years.

Gamechanger Award | Little Dreamers

Little​ ​Dreamers​ ​is​ ​a​ ​not-for-profit​ ​that​ ​recognises,​ ​celebrates,​ ​and​ ​amplifies​ ​young​ ​carers through ​increasing​ ​their​ ​social​ ​connectedness and​ participation in​ ​advocacy​ ​programs, and​ ​fostering​ ​employment​ ​pathways​. Little​ ​Dreamers​ ​is​ ​the​ ​only​ ​organisation​ ​in​ ​Australia​ ​that​ ​solely​ ​works​ ​with​ young carers who​ ​have​ ​a​ family member​ ​with​ ​a​ ​serious​ ​illness​ ​or​ ​disability. ​The​ ​​ ​project​ ​is​ run 100% by​ ​young​ ​carers​ ​for​ ​young​ ​carers.

New Work Order Award | The Global Consulting Group

The​ ​Global​ ​Consulting​ ​Group​ ​(GCG)​ ​is​ ​a​ ​charity​ ​which​ ​provides​ ​pro-bono​ ​consulting​ ​services​ ​to​ ​other​ ​charities​ ​and​ ​not-for-profits. High-potential students are selected and paired with an industry expert mentor to work​ ​as​ ​consultants on varying projects. They​ ​learn​ ​core​ ​business,​ ​entrepreneurship,​ ​and​ ​problem-solving​ ​and​ ​management​ ​skills,​ ​all​ ​of​ ​which​ ​can​ ​be applied​ ​when​ ​they​ ​enter​ ​the​ ​workforce.

The​ ​organisation​ ​has​ ​over​ ​150​ ​concurrent​ ​volunteers​ ​and​ ​500​ ​Alumni​ ​across​ ​Australia.​ ​Over​ ​120​ ​projects​ ​have​ ​been​ ​completed​ ​for​ ​clients​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the​ ​United​ ​Nations, TEDx,​ ​Salvation​ ​Army,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Climate​ ​Council.​ ​They​ ​partner​ ​with​ ​organisations​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Accenture,​ ​Bain,​ ​Deloitte​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​Melbourne​ ​University,​ ​UNSW​ ​and​ ​Monash Business​ ​Schools​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​their​ ​services.

Champion of Change | Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin​ ​Abdel-Magied​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Sudanese-Australian​ ​​​mechanical​ ​engineer​. She​ is also a well known​ ​strong​ ​activist​ ​and​ ​changemaker​ ​in the​ ​ongoing​ ​​conversation​ about racism ​in​ ​Australia.​ ​She​ ​is​ ​the​ ​author​ ​of​ ​Yassmin’s​ ​Story​ ​and,​ ​until​ ​recently,​ ​was​ ​a​ ​TV​ ​presenter​ ​on​ ​ABC program​ ​Australia​ ​Wide.​Yassmin is​ ​a champion​ ​of​ ​change​ ​because​ ​she​ ​has​ ​become​ ​a​ ​household​ ​name​ ​for​ ​shining​ the​ ​spotlight​ ​on​ ​the​ ​divisive​ ​voices​ ​that​ ​can​ ​flood​ ​the​ ​mainstream​ ​media.

Inspired Citizen Award | Stomping Out Stereotypes, Frankston High School, VIC

“Stomping Out Stereotypes” is a project created by the Year 9 LEAD class at Frankston High School. Their mission is to reduce the impact of stereotyping in their community and through this, make a broader positive impact on issues such as bullying, racism and sexism. They have designed and implemented school workshops with local primary school students, creating new ways to educate young people about stereotypes and to inspire critical thinking. Their aim is to show their community that they can make a difference by facing up to unconscious stereotyping and changing this behaviour. For more information on their work, check out stompingoutstereotypes.com

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