Breanna Jones (18) volunteers at the Freeway Church coffee shop and Sunday school, helps out at the Kwinana and Leda football clubs, is a member of the Kwinana Youth Advisory Council and gives motivational talks to other teenagers.
‘I talk about my experience with bullying in high school, and the death of my grandparents,’ she said. ‘I was teased and bullied in Year 8; it got to the point where I wanted to kill myself.
‘But look at where I am today.’
Miss Jones is studying Community Development at Rockingham’s Murdoch University campus, and hopes to turn her love of volunteering with young people into a career.
‘I want to work with young kids, who perhaps haven’t had the best life, and help them know that there’s someone out there who can help them,’ she said.
The indigenous teenager, who has a mild speech impediment, said the final hurdle for her was to find a part-time job.
‘I think there is a shortage of employment for local young people, particularly older teenagers, as employers have to pay them more,’ she said.
‘There’s a big stereotype about kids in Kwinana not being all they can be,’ she said.
She urged local employers to give teenagers ” particularly those in the older age bracket ” a chance .