Each year Channel 9 hosts the ‘Young Achiever Awards’ to recognise and celebrate the inspiring work and accomplishments of young people across the state. This year, the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) was incredibly proud to have its young people taking part in the Gala Presentation Dinner. They were nominated for different award categories including the Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award, as well as the Leadership Award.
Among them was Jemal Mussa, who was a Finalist for the Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award. Jemal, who works for the South Australian Police (SAPOL), resided in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenyan for seven years prior to arriving in Australia. “I was honoured to be a finalist for this award, which allowed me the opportunity to share my experiences and passions with the wider South Australian community,” he said. Jemal’s work includes raising over $3,000 to purchase soccer equipment for the refugee camp, founding the Oromo Youth Association and volunteering as a soccer coach and mentor.
Adam Beik, who is a Case Manager for the Humanitarian Settlement Services Program at the AMRC, was a Nominee for the Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award and expressed that: “It was wonderful to hear about the determination, success and diligent work of young people during the presentation, who are making South Australia a better place to live. They encourage other young people to strive for excellence and have a strong desire to help others, which demonstrates their great values and qualities.”
AMRC Youth Leader, Ibrahim Ali, was also nominated for the Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award and Leadership Award, in addition to Mohammad Javid Jafari for the Leadership Award.
Kbora Ali was the winner for the Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award category, going onto to become an ambassador for all young people across the state. Kbora arrived as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2007 and her work has included organising cultural events at her school to raise awareness regarding children in detention centres in Australia, and promoting acceptance and harmony of diverse cultures. She is the first female of a Muslim Afghan refugee background in the Australian Army.