Stu­dent wins youth award

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A Porirua stu­dent has been recog­nised at the 2012 Foun­da­tion for Youth De­vel­op­ment Ex­cel­lence Awards.

Chris­tine Philipo, a stu­dent and Stars peer men­tor at Bishop Viard Col­lege, was awarded an Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion from a Peer Men­tor Award for her con­tri­bu­tion to the Stars pro­gramme, at a cer­e­mony at Gov­ern­ment House in Auck­land on Novem­ber 1.

Chris­tine was nom­i­nated for how well she adapted to the school en­vi­ron­ment when she came to New Zealand as a refugee from Burma, her con­sis­tent sup­port of oth­ers, and for be­ing a great as­set to Stars.

The ex­cel­lence awards ac­knowl­edge the ac­com­plish­ments of out­stand­ing young peo­ple, many of whom have made mas­sive changes to both their out­look and their lives, says foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Mar­ion Short.

‘‘These kids have been on a lifechang­ing and chal­leng­ing jour­ney, they have learnt so much, in­clud­ing new skills that will serve them well in the fu­ture.’’

The 20 award win­ners spent a day in Auck­land.

The foun­da­tion helps 18,000 young Ki­wis a year through Kiwi Can, Stars, Project K and MYND.

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