UWA science student Rudri Amin of Westminster is helping WA school students become community-minded leaders as part of social inclusion programs.
Ms Rudri is completing a three-month UWA McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship with Auspire – Australia Day Council WA.
She is helping Auspire deliver social inclusion programs and initiatives for statewide schools and help to improve its database and resources to reach out to as many WA schools as possible.
The centre provides students with opportunities to contribute to social solutions as part of their degrees, through structured internships with not-for-profit, community and government organisations.
Ms Rudi said through her internship, she learnt the significance of programs, which promoted cultural awareness and reward community engagement.
“(The programs) help to build a safer and more tolerant and inclusive community,” she said.
“I’ve come to see how important it is to promote these values amongst young people, to establish a strong foundation for them to build upon in the future and to create more community-minded thinkers and leaders.”
Auspire chief executive Morgen Lewis said the students helped develop existing and future initiatives that encouraged active citizenship in communities.
Since opening its doors in 2016, more than 400 students have undertaken a McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship and contributed about 45,000 community service hours.