Cru­sade to help others

YOUTH AD­VO­CATE NOM­I­NATED FOR STATE AWARD

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

KAI Sch­weizer’s ef­forts to help hun­dreds of home­less young peo­ple ac­cess ser­vices has earned him a nom­i­na­tion for a state award.

So­cial work stu­dent Brynne Ja­goe nom­i­nated Mr Sch­weizer for the WA Young Achiever Awards.

“Kai has been an ex­tremely proac­tive ac­tivist, ed­u­ca­tor, and vol­un­tary youth worker for the past three years,” the nom­i­na­tion said.

“In this time, he has helped hun­dreds of home­less LGBTIQ youth ac­cess ser­vices af­ter fall­ing through the cracks of for­mal ser­vice pro­vi­sion.

“He has run the only WA sup­port group for trans­gen­der peo­ple for the past year, which has vastly im­proved the qual­ity of life of its at­ten­dees.

“He pro­vides sui­cide in­ter­ven­tion and coun­selling to LGBTIQ youth un­til they are able to ac­cess pro­fes­sional men­tal health care.

“Kai has given thou­sands of hours to vol­un­tary cri­sis man­age­ment and sui­cide in­ter­ven­tion.

“Kai’s un­re­lent­ing mo­ti­va­tion to help young peo­ple like him­self comes from his own ex­pe­ri­ences with men­tal ill­ness, re­jec­tion, dis­crim­i­na­tion, vi­o­lence, and re­jec­tion from cri­sis and men­tal health ser­vices.”

The Kings­ley res­i­dent has shared his ex­pe­ri­ences

Kai’s un­re­lent­ing mo­ti­va­tion to help young peo­ple like him­self comes from his own ex­pe­ri­ences

through Con­sumers of Men­tal Health WA, the West Aus­tralian As­so­ci­a­tion for Men­tal Health and the City of Stir­ling’s youth em­pow­er­ment pro­gram.

Mr Sch­weizer was nom­i­nated for the com­mu­nity ser­vice and vol­un­teer­ing cat­e­gory in the WA Young Achiever Awards.

Other cat­e­gories in­clude health and well­be­ing, en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity, agri­cul­ture, young lead­er­ship, arts and fash­ion, sports, busi­ness achiever, on­line achieve­ment and in­no­va­tion.

The awards aim to en­cour­age, re­ward and pro­mote the pos­i­tive achieve­ments of peo­ple aged 29 and be­low.

Nom­i­na­tions can be made at www.award­saus­tralia.com/wayaa un­til January 23 and win­ners will be an­nounced on May 26.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Kai Sch­weizer’s un­tir­ing ef­forts to help the dis­ad­van­taged has earned him a nom­i­na­tion for a WA Young Achiever award. d476560

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