Byford student to represent WA at International Youth Exchange Program in Hong Kong


Cheyenne Eakin is off to Hong Kong as part of the International Youth Exchange Program.
Cheyenne Eakin is off to Hong Kong as part of the International Youth Exchange Program.

IT was a case of second time lucky for Byford’s Cheyenne Eakin after she was selected to represent WA at the International Youth Exchange Program in Hong Kong.

Miss Eakin is one of 12 students chosen to represent the state at February’s conference, which allows participants to understand different cultures, build self-confidence and develop international friendships.

The Curtin University student, who is studying social work, missed out on the program last year, but was accepted this year.

She said her keen interest in youth issues and future aspirations inspired her to apply for the program.

“I really wanted to get involved with the Youth Affairs Council of WA and they’re part of the program,” she said.

“(Working with) the Department of Communities is also something I’d be interested in pursuing.”

Last month, the State Government hosted 12 Hong Kong students as part of the program and Miss Eakin said she was looking forward to working with them again.

“We took them out and mostly did tourist stuff, but we did a forum about youth participation and social innovation and talked about local organisations like the youth partnership program and Save the Children,” she said.

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