The Opposite Of Discrimination


The Opposite Of Discrimination

Granville Boys High SChool, Granville NSW

99% of students at Granville Boys High School in Western Sydney come from families with English as a second language. It’s a community that’s diverse and multicultural. Yet, so many of these students have experienced discrimination and stereotyping in the media and in broader society. So they decided to do something about it.

As part of their Inspired Citizens project, the team at Granville Boys High School wanted to address and challenge this discrimination and the stereotypes that affect their school’s image. They used sport fundraising events and created short films to start changing the narrative.

Inspired Citizens

The Inspired Citizens program was established in 2017 by FYA and the Australian of the Year Awards to empower young people across Australia to do great things in their communities. Over 150 students from 12 secondary schools across Australia created projects to address issues they care about in their communities. FYA supported each school with a full day codesign workshop, a $500 grant to get projects off the ground and a teacher toolkit mapped to curriculum.

The results were incredible. Projects ranged from street art in the city of Darwin to promote inclusion, a local radio show addressing mental health issues in the Pilbara, to peer-led workshops with primary school students in Frankston. These short films document just a small amount of the hard work that went into all of these great projects that are still having an impact in communities across Australia.



In 2017, FYA partnered with the Australian of the Year Awards to deliver the Inspired Citizens program. The program aimed to help young people recognise their potential to create and lead positive change in their communities. Who knows, some of these young people might even be future Young Australians of the Year! 

Everyone can have an impact in their own community

Every year, The Australian of the Year Awards recognises the achievements and contributions eminent Australians have, whether it's within their local community or across the globe. They inspire others through their achievements and challenge us all to make contributions towards a better Australia. Visit the Australian of the Year Awards website to find out about more people making a positive impact.