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YOUTH WORKER NOM­I­NATED FOR AWARD

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Dono­van

YOUTH worker Lynn Crasto is hum­bled to be a fi­nal­ist in this year’s WA Youth Awards.

The WA Youth Awards recog­nise the achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions of young West Aus­tralians aged 12 to 25 who work with and sup­port WA youth.

Mr Crasto has been named a fi­nal­ist for the Min­is­ter for Youth's Most Out­stand­ing Youth Worker award.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from ECU’s youth work stud­ies in 2005, the Hamil­ton Hill res­i­dent be­gan his youth work ca­reer as­sist­ing highly marginalis­ed and dis­en­gaged young peo­ple.

He now works in Angli­care WA’s Street Con­nect program de­liv­er­ing street-based out­reach.

Mr Crasto said his pas­sion was in the youth out­reach sec­tor and though for­mal recog­ni­tion from his peers was nice he did not do it for awards or ac­claim.

“I have worked in many roles over the past decade but I have re­turned to this sec­tor sev­eral times,” he said.

“I en­joy work­ing out on the front line with this very raw client group, the ones that kind of slip through the cracks, that not many other ser­vices can reach.”

Mr Crasto runs Angli­care’s mo­bile youth re­source cen­tre, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion, sup­port, re­fer­ral and ad­vo­cacy to home­less and street present youth aged 15 to 25.

The WA Youth Awards has named 24 fi­nal­ists this year.

“Many of these young peo­ple have over­come ex­tremely chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions and ex­em­plify the qual­i­ties of re­silience, de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­se­ver­ance that our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions hold,” Youth Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley said.

WA Youth Award win­ners will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 12 at the State Theatre Cen­tre.

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Hum­bled by the ac­knowl­edge­ment: Youth worker Lynn Crasto works with those likely to fall through the cracks.

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