A St John’s Ambulance volunteer and a local Youth Ambassador are the winners of the inaugural Hit97.9 Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Awards, announced at the 2019 YouthFest event. 2019 Outstanding Young Person 12 to 18 Years Riley Andrews
Riley is a volunteer Country Youth Ambulance Officer with St John’s Ambulance where he has shown an exceptional amount of commitment to the program.
Riley is also a volunteer Fire Brigade member and has ambitions to join the Australian Defence Force. Always one to help others, Riley carries around a first aid kit just in case of emergencies. Riley has raised money for the Polished Man Movement, which fights to end violence against children, while his interest in mental health has led to him starting a school based initiative to assist his peers with their mental health and wellbeing.
Riley displays a strong desire to help those around him and continues to contribute to the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community. 2019 Outstanding Young Person 19 to 25 Years Genevieve Ogden
Genevieve is a Music Teacher at John Paul College and a Youth Ambassador with the Goldfields Youth Ministry, part of St Mary’s Church. Genevieve donates much of her time running a before school Jazz Band, assisting with various school excursions, performances and competitions. When noticing the lack of a violin instrumental tutoring program at school, Genevieve supplied five violins herself, designed the lessons and organised volunteers to run the program once a week.
Genevieve’s efforts as a Youth Ambassador with the Goldfields Youth Ministry has seen her planning and fundraising to send 100 young people to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival held in Perth. Genevieve runs a weekly youth group and helps coordinate music during church services, and is a player in the Goldfields Women’s Football League.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said, “the selflessness and commitment to community displayed by both young people was commendable.”
“It’s fantastic to see two such community minded young people recognised as part of the inaugural Youth Awards,” he said.
“Young people often cop a lot of flak around the community for poor behaviour and attitudes, but the quality of the nominations we have seen, not just for the winners but across the board, has been fantastic.”
“It’s clear that we have some truly outstanding young people here in our community, and it’s only right that we can help celebrate their achievements. Riley and Genevieve are both incredibly deserving of this recognition, and I am sure that we will see more fantastic young people acknowledged in the future.”