Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Young Australian of the Year


2020 SA Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Ben Rowe

State: South Australia

Founder of Streetlight Community

Ben Rowe is the founder of Streetlight Community, an outreach program for young people in some of the lowest socio-economic areas of Adelaide. The organisation seeks to build relationships and develop trust with disadvantaged youth to help them achieve their full potential.

Leading a team of volunteers from local churches, Ben sets up a weekly 'hang out' in a shopping centre, creating a safe space and sense of community for over a hundred vulnerable young people. Since the initiative started in 2016, the shopping centre has seen a decrease in theft and violence.

Ben now works full-time running the program, taking a hands-on approach to all the tasks involved. He's involved in everything from recruiting volunteers and mentoring young people, to managing donor relationships, and building partnerships with local councils, churches, businesses and community groups, as well as holding speaking engagements within the community.

Ben's passion has seen the Streetlight program become a fixture at council, school and church events.


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