Honour roll

Past Award Finalists and Recipients

Young Australian of the Year

National Finalist

Date of birth: 24 November 1991
State: Queensland

National Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2014

Jordyn Archer

Child protection activist

At just 16 years of age, Jordyn Archer established her own not-for-profit organisation, Chant4Change.  In the last five years, Jordyn’s fundraising concerts have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the work of Destiny Rescue, a charity which frees girls from sex-trafficking and provides them with a home, skills training and a fresh start to life.  Jordyn has lived in Cambodia, working among Destiny Rescue girls in a voluntary capacity, teaching English and dancing, and managing the café which employs some of the girls.  Jordyn is equally passionate about issues on her own doorstep, and together with her brother Joel, hosts weekly barbecues for homeless people in the Sunshine Coast area.  In 2013, Jordyn was asked to sit on the Advance Kawana community advisory body to provide input into issues facing her community.  Jordyn is positive proof that neither financial resources nor celebrity status are necessary for someone to act on social injustice.  

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