Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Young Australian of the Year
State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2011
Youth Without Borders founder
At just 16 years of age, Yassmin Abdel-Magied established the organisation Youth Without Borders, a forum that empowers youth to work together for the implementation of positive change within their communities, locally and internationally. On an international level, the organisation is working with a youth group in Indonesia to establish mobile libraries and is in the early stages of discussion with the Queensland State Library to expand the project to include Papua New Guinea. Locally, Yassmin works with schools to promote diversity and understanding using sport as a medium for change. She is currently coordinating Shinpads and Hijabs, a soccer training program for young Muslim women. The program has six local female Muslim community representatives involved as volunteer coaches and mentoring is being provided by players from Queensland W-League club Brisbane Roar. Yassmin also sits on the board of the Youth Affairs Network of Queensland and while still at school became the Deputy Chair of the Queensland Youth Council. Yassmin’s work in the community is empowering young people to make positive changes in their lives and their communities.