A small organisation making a big impact is on the Governor General’s list when she visits Perth in early February.
Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO will visit True Blue Dreaming, a youth mentoring program engaging young people aged 12–18 in rural and remote Australia.
Greeting Her Excellency will be former Young Australian of the Year, Akram Azimi, who volunteers as a mentor for True Blue Dreaming. The organisation was founded by another former Young Australian of the Year, Dr James Fitzpatrick.
Akram said True Blue Dreaming’s mentoring program was vital for young people. Akram, who arrived in Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan 13 years ago, said he knows what it is like being a kid who is ostracised with no prospects.
One of the True Blue Dreaming graduates who will meet the Governor General is David Lewis. David was a 15 year old at Wyalkatchem when he became involved with True Blue Dreaming. David said that having a mentor helped him plan for the future and work through some of the tougher issues of being a teenager in rural WA.
“”Being connected to someone outside the community gave me a greater understanding of opportunities outside my home town”, said David.
David joined the Army and during a tour in In Afghanistan he said it dawned on him that he was no longer the mentee, he was in fact the mentor to the soldiers he was training in the Afghan army.
Tuesday 4 February
Quadrangle, St George’s College
The University of Western Australia
2.30 to 3.45pm
For information contact:
CEO, True Blue Dreaming
True Blue Dreaming
True Blue Dreaming (TBD) is a Youth Mentoring organisation supporting young people in rural and remote communities. TBD originated as a response to alarming rates of youth suicide and poor educational and employment outcomes among young people in the Australian outback.TBD mentoring programs have been successfully delivered in the Wheatbelt and Kimberley regions of Western Australia since 2004.