A passion for the community leads to public recognition
November 16, 2017
Migrant parents who “came to Australia with nothing” enabled Danebank Prefect Stephanie Sekulovska (Year 12, 2018) to “recognise my privilege and understand how fortunate I am”.
This motivation and the fact that she is ambitious with a passion for the community, led to Stephanie recently receiving a Youth Volunteer Achievement Award at the St George Community Awards ceremony. Stephanie was nominated by the Lugarno Lions Club after winning Youth of the Year last year.
“I really wanted to get involved in the community and try to make a difference. Even if it’s little, anything counts,” says Stephanie, who received the award for the many hours she spent volunteering in the community.
Stephanie’s main volunteer time is spent with Sydney Story Factory in Redfern, where she weekly tutors children from disadvantaged backgrounds, refugees, indigenous or students with disabilities. This project gives these students one-on-one access to creative writing and English in a way that they might not get in a classroom, Stephanie explains.
This is just one of the many volunteer endeavours Stephanie is involved in for the community. She is also part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Youth committee in organising events and working on initiatives such as “Gen Next Goes West”. Within the latter program she helps to introduce youth from Western Sydney, who may not engage with art otherwise, to explore the arts.
Stephanie is hoping to take this passion for helping the community beyond volunteer work by studying law and arts, as she sets her sights on becoming a Human Rights lawyer working for the UN.