Crusade to help others
YOUTH ADVOCATE NOMINATED FOR STATE AWARD
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.
Kai Schweizer’s untiring efforts to help the disadvantaged has earned him a nomination for a WA Young Achiever award. d476560