BASSENDEAN youth leader Taylor Scott, who is nominated for a leadership award, says she feels motivated by helping change young people’s lives.
The 23-year-old has been nominated for the Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award for her work with young people through the Department of Child Protection and her role as a Morley Salvation Army leader.
The award acknowledges young people who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within their schools, organisations and businesses.
Ms Scott has conducted several camps and activities in WA and interstate in the past six years and said teaching leadership skills to young people helped them deal with their struggles.
“They keep me motivated… I think being able to actually see change and be able to challenge myself and also journey with them through some of those struggles,” she said.
“I think in our society, lots of people don’t necessarily have role models that they can look up to so I think being a leader provides that for them.
“It is really important to be really genuine and I think once you start to show a side of yourself, they can start to feel that they can trust you.”
The Curtin University social work student said many people she mentored have become camp leaders, including a former mentee who stepped up to a leadership role this year after the death of her father.
She will be leading an Easter camp and potentially two mission trips with the Salvation Army later this year.
The awards will be held on May 28.