Youth work rewarded
CANNING Vale's Habiba Asim’s great passion for supporting young people has seen her receive the Safe City Constable Peter Ball Memorial Award from the City of Gosnells.
CANNING Vale’s Habiba Asim has a great passion for supporting young people.
Her experiences of leaving her birth country of Pakistan when she was just one, to living in New Zealand and then attending high school at Canning Vale College has given her a unique perspective on some of the issues facing young people.
“I was born in Pakistan; my parents have gone through a fair bit to be where we are today,” she said.
“I know of the struggles people go through in Third World countries.
“My parents helped me realise these sorts of things and helped me move forward in life in that way.”
The 18-year-old Exercise and Sport Science student at Notre Dame University has worked with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) as a mentor as well as with the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia.
She helps mentor and speaks to young people in the southeastern corridor of Perth, including talking to them about sexual health and blood-borne viruses.
“You have to give young people a chance,” she said.
On Australia Day, Ms Asim received the Safe City Constable Peter Ball Memorial Award, which recognises young people or groups who contribute to crime prevention and community safety and increase opportunities for young people.
William Langford Community House was awarded the Safe City Community Initiative Award for contributing to crime prevention or reducing people’s fear of crime, and Campbell Primary School received the Safe City Community Kids Award for their Kids Matter initiative, which focuses on students’ mental health, wellbeing and resilience.