Shalom College student Libby Boas admires people who work hard to make things happen, and that’s why she joined Council’s Youth Development Action Team.
The 14-year-old has lived in Elliott Heads most of her life and is passionate about the environment. She believes in seizing every opportunity given to her, which has led to her busy lifestyle.
“I’ve always really admired people, especially young people, who work hard to make things happen,” she said.
“So I decided to try and do that, to work hard, learn all that I can and make the most of the privileged position I’m in.”
Libby hopes being part of the Youth Development Action Team will allow her and the other members to have a voice in the local community.
“I think it’s important to remember that everyone is different,” Libby said.
“Youth are just young people, but people nonetheless, and should be treated with the respect and dignity the individual deserves.
“Just because we are young doesn’t mean our voices should matter any less than anyone else’s because we are all just people in the end.”
The youngest of three children, Libby said she had always admired her sister and she hoped to take inspiration from the footsteps she had left.
“She is five years older than me and I think I’ve always tried to surpass the high benchmark that she has placed, showing me what hard work and an open mind can achieve and motivating me,” she said.
“My parents have also always been very supportive, and I really appreciate how they treat me maturely and with trust and respect, allowing me to do things many people my age wouldn’t get to do.”
Libby said she was passionate about the environment and tried to keep her waste and consumption to a minimum although she believed she still had a way to go.
“This planet nourishes and cares for us, so in turn we should look after it, not abuse it,” she said.
“Every little bit helps, even if you chose to not use a plastic straw to drink your chocolate milk, that’s making a difference.
“Apathy is one of my least favourite things, because if you hurt the earth you are effectively hurting everyone on it.”
A message to other youth in the Bundaberg Region
In a message to local young people Libby offered some advice, saying it was important to know where they were and to work hard for what they wanted to achieve in the future.
“To the youth, I would like to remind you that you are already living your life, shaping your future,” Libby said.
“When you turn 18 or 30 you aren’t magically going to become the adult you envisioned, but you need to work towards becoming someone you like and admire now.
“Be brave. Don’t waste your time on this earth as there is so much beauty, love and joy to be found on it. Don’t wait to do the things you want, because who knows what tomorrow will bring.
“If you need help don’t stop looking, screaming, shouting until you find it. That is one of the bravest things you can do.”
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