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People's Choice Awards 2020

Category: School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Samar Yousef

Samar YousefQualification: Certificate II in Sport Coaching
Trained by: Public Schools NSW, Macquarie Park
Employed by: Creating Chances
School: Wyong High School

“I have a passion for youth, especially those who don't see potential in themselves, but have the scope to grow. I want them to learn that the journey they’re on isn't one they have to take alone.”

Samar is undertaking her school-based traineeship with Creating Chances while studying a Certificate II in Sport Coaching and completing her HSC at Wyong High School.

Creating Chances use renowned, evidence-based programs to promote youth development through sport. They aim to inspire, develop and empower young people to create positive change in the world.

“My traineeship has increased my confidence and inspired me to find ways to work with disengaged students,” says Samar. “I’ve greatly improved my ability to motivate difficult participants. I’m more aware and open-minded to the diversity of individuals and their life contexts. Without this opportunity I wouldn't have such a clear picture of my strengths.”

Samar YousefJoel Gosden, Samar’s teacher at Wyong High School, says Samar works tirelessly to motivate younger students.

“Samar has demonstrated outstanding commitment to changing young peoples' lives for the better,” says Joel. “Samar is generous with her time and has patience beyond her years. She is inspirational not just at work, but also at school. Samar has overcome significant barriers to achieve the leadership role of School Captain.”

Samar has been a Stand Tall Ambassador since year 10. She works with Stand Tall founders, guest speakers and fellow ambassadors to relay that all young people have the potential to stand tall as leaders and decision makers and achieve their dreams, regardless of their circumstances.

“I used what I learned from Stand Tall to overcome obstacles in my own life,” says Samar. “I relish the opportunity to encourage kids to challenge themselves by not letting their limits define who they truly are.”

Samar also participated in the leadership program Max Potential. Over five months she connected with community leaders and other students to explore her entrepreneurial spirit and accelerate her potential.

“I had the honour of reaching out to schools, businesses and the community to create a community passion project,” says Samar. “The project aimed to break down barriers of gender and race stereotypes so participants could reveal their individuality and authenticity. I was invited back as a returning delegate to Max Potential’s National Leadership Camp where we expanded the reach of our passion project to young leaders all over Australia. I was proud to graduate the program with a Certificate I in Active Volunteering.”

Samar coordinates her school’s boxing program, targeting vulnerable female students, coaches basketball teams, and was a youth leader at Drought Break: Summer Fun Regional Youth Camp supporting drought and fire affected youth.

“Everyday I seek to mentor, lead and positively encourage students. I want them to dream big and achieve their goals. My school-based traineeship has assisted me in this as well as inspiring me to think about my future and how I can progress my studies in teaching or youth work.”