CANNING Vale’s Habiba Asim has a great passion for supporting young people.
Her experiences from leaving her birth country of Pakistan as a one-year-old, to living in New Zealand and then attending high school at Canning Vale College, has helped her look at some of the issues facing young people.
“My parents have gone through a fair bit to be where we are today,” she said. “I know of the struggles people go through in third world countries. My parents helped me realise these sorts of things and helped me move forward in life in that way.”
The 18-year-old Exercise and Sport Science student at Notre Dame has worked with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) as a mentor as well as with the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia.
She helps mentor and speaks to young people in the southeastern corridor of Perth |including talking to them about sexual health and blood-borne viruses.
She said the more experiences people had the more issues they would be faced with and she would like to see young people given more of a voice. “You have to give young people a chance,” she said.
Ms Asim received the Safe City Constable Peter Ball Memorial Award, which recognises young people or groups who contribute to crime prevention and community safety, and increase opportunities for young people.
William Langford Community House was awarded the Safe City Community Initiative Award for contributing to crime prevention or reduces people’s fear of crime and Campbell Primary School received the Safe City Community Kids Award for their Kids Matter initiative, which focuses on the students’ mental health, wellbeing and resilience.