MERCEDES College student Danikka Calyon will travel to New York in September to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly as national youth ambassador for Save the Children Australia.
Danikka was selected from more than 700 applicants for the role after the WA branch of Save the Children sent in an application on her behalf earlier this year.
Danikka says she wants to give young people from her Noongah community a voice and contribute to create positive change in her area.
She has been volunteering after school with the NGO since 2013, when she discovered the “One Step Closer” program, where workers organise after-school activities and workshops for 60 kids from all ethnicities and ages facing challenging environments.
Kids learn about sport, culture, cooking and attend talks that help them overcome daily life challenges.
Danikka participated in the program and became a mentor, helping to guide new participants.
by MARTA PASCUAL JUANOLA