Dollars make cents for disadvantaged: Young Australian League scholarship

Girrawheen SHS Year 11s Peter KhaiThatmun, Zaynab Al Yassin, Baylee Hunter, Kristy Nguyen and Jet-rik Bernal.
Girrawheen SHS Year 11s Peter KhaiThatmun, Zaynab Al Yassin, Baylee Hunter, Kristy Nguyen and Jet-rik Bernal.

A VIDEO made by Girrawheen Senior High School students helping to promote opportunities for disadvantaged youth was recognised recently.

Year 11 students Jet-rik Bernal, Kristy Nguyen and Baylee Hunter took out top spot in a competition run by not-for-profit organisation Young Australian League (YAL) with their piece My Future.

It depicts how a young person’s path in life can be radically altered and dreams fulfilled when financial barriers are removed.

Another video, Dreams of a Refugee, which was created by Zaynab Al Yassin, Lochlan O’Brien and Peter KhaiThatmun, won a people’s choice award.

YAL chairman Frank Schaper praised the students’ work, which captured insights into extra challenges facing young people from lower socio-economic circumstances to further their education.

“These barriers could be due to family unemployment, having a refugee background or being part of a racial minority,” Mr Schaper said.

The videos will be used to promote YAL’s new education scholarship program named in honour of the organisation’s founder J.J. Boss Simons.

Each scholarship is worth up to $12,500 a year to cover expenses such as tuition fees, specialist courses, home tutoring, books, equipment and travel and living allowance.

“YAL educational grants aim to break down these financial and situational obstacles by creating opportunities for disadvantaged youths to reach their full potential,” Mr Schaper said.

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