Young Citizen of the Year

Year 12 student Ror A was nominated and named Young Citizen of the Year at the recent City of Yarra’s Australia Day Awards. Along with the challenges of completing VCE this year, Ror continues to be actively involved in many aspects of his community

Ror volunteers for Peace Palette, raising money for and increasing awareness of the plight of young children and their mothers in South Sudan. He has helped organise a film screening at Kino Cinemas, performed at a number of events, and sold raffle tickets at fundraising dinners.

In the role of Youth Ambassador with Yarra Youth Services work with community, Ror works mainly with young people, but also the elderly. He consulted and helped to formulate the Yarra’s Youth Policy and Action Plan. He has been involved in a range of projects such as film-making tackling topics that needing to be addressed in the community such as anti-racism video and the environment. Ror played a lead role in a theatre/dance production ‘Zombies’ exploring issues for young people living in public housing.

Ror works with younger children attending the Rising High Recording Studio. This where he co-wrote and recorded his song ‘To the Top’. His music video, also created at Rising High can be seen at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur5xyZnNUn0

Last year Ror auditioned and was selected to perform in the inaugural Africa’ Got Talent competition, held in North Melbourne Town Hall.

Ror was selected to travel to Boston, USA to represent the Fitzroy Branch at the Computer Clubhouse teen summit. At the clubhouse he helps the co-ordinator work with the younger participants.

Ror plays a leadership role at the school, and he is an inspiring role model for our younger students. He hosted a workshop at school in partnership with ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation).

At the end of Year 12 Ror wants to get into a business or health course, and to continue building his music career.

To view the City of Yarra’s Australia Day Award Winners go to

http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/Your-Council/Australia-Day/2014-australia-day-award-winners/