Kingsley man’s efforts to help homeless earns nomination in WA Young Achiever Awards


WA Young Achiever Awards nominee Kai Schweizer of Kingsley. Picture: Martin Kennealey d476560
WA Young Achiever Awards nominee Kai Schweizer of Kingsley. Picture: Martin Kennealey d476560

KAI Schweizer’s efforts to help hundreds of homeless young people access services has earned him a nomination for a state award.

Social work student Brynne Jagoe nominated Mr Schweizer for next year’s WA Young Achiever Awards.

“Kai has been an extremely proactive activist, educator, and voluntary youth worker for the past three years,” the nomination said.

“In this time, he has helped hundreds of homeless LGBTIQ youth access services after falling through the cracks of formal service provision.

“He has run the only WA support group for transgender people for the past year, which has vastly improved the quality of life of its attendees.

“He provides suicide intervention and counselling to LGBTIQ youth until they are able to access professional mental health care.

“Kai has given thousands of hours to voluntary crisis management and suicide intervention.

“He is incredibly driven in everything he does and constantly pushes for more opportunities to positively impact the lives of others.

“He has four paid jobs and 10 voluntary positions engaging with at-risk young people and somehow manages to still excel in his full-time university studies.

“Kai’s unrelenting motivation to help young people like himself comes from his own experiences with mental illness, rejection, discrimination, violence, and rejection from crisis and mental health services.”

The Kingsley resident is also credited with being an accomplished speaker who has shared his experiences through Consumers of Mental Health WA, the West Australian Association Mental Health and the City of Stirling’s youth empowerment program.

The poet has also written articles for local blogs and magazines about LGBTIQ issues and won poetry competitions.

Mr Schweizer was nominated for the community service and volunteering category in the WA Young Achiever Awards.

Other categories include health and wellbeing, environment and sustainability, agriculture, young leadership, arts and fashion, sports, business achiever, online achievement, and innovation.

The awards aim to encourage, reward and promote the positive achievements of people aged 29 and below.

Nominations can be made at www.awardsaustralia.com/wayaa until January 23 and winners will be announced on May 26.

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