For the past nine years, the Anti-Poverty Award has acknowledged the work of young people and schools within our community.
Helping to launch the awards for 2013 is last year’s recipient, Laura Egan, recognised for her work with remote Australian communities.
Darwin-based Ms Egan spent time as a volunteer in India. While there, she saw how micro-enterprise could be used as an effective tool for community development.
She brought those skills home with her and adapted them to Indigenous communities to develop Enterprise Learning Projects.
“It is an honour to be part of the amazing alumni of past recipients and to be able to share the award with all the wonderful people who have helped create Enterprise Learning Projects and all the communities we have been able to support,’ Ms Egan said.
Connection’s CEO Angela Forbes said the awards offer young people a great opportunity to raise community awareness of the work they are doing.
“I am amazed each year by who we unearth in these awards. The creative and sophisticated ways that young people are engaging with communities in need is inspirational and I am excited to see who we will discover this year,” Ms Forbes said.
Connections Anti-Poverty Awards will be announced at a function at the Melbourne Town Hall on Friday 18 October.