Eighteen year old Kandice Bolt has achieved so much already in her young life. The Ballina youth is still celebrating her most recent success of being awarded the “Most Inspiring Young Person” at the Lismore 2016 NAIDOC Community Awards.
At just 15 years old, she was a leader through the ARTIE program (Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education) to assist to ‘Close the Gap’ in educational outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their non-Indigenous peers.
“In school I was an Indigenous Ambassador flying around Australia to attend events and campaigns to try and break the stigma about our culture,” Kandice said. “I received the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Student of the Year Award in 2013.”
Kandice also received recognition from the Australian Defence Force for her work in the community.
“Outside of school, I was 1 of 5 people selected to facilitate the youth forum at the Garma festival in Darwin 2014,” Kandice said.
Having completed her schooling, Kandice went on to commence full-time employment in February working as an assistant in ETC’s New Careers for Aboriginal People (NCAP) program.
“Not only do I get to continue helping out my people as a full time job, I’m also undertaking a Certificate III in Business,” Kandice said. “My goals are to continue being an ambassador for my culture and successfully complete my traineeship.”
Kandice’s advice to other young people was that every goal is achievable if you try your best.
“Never be afraid to try. Someone out there believes in you and is proud of you,” she said.
Kandice’s mother Amelia said her family were very proud of her achievements.
“Kandy enjoys encouraging and motivating others. She advocates this by her role modelling in the community. What accomplishments for a young Indigenous person to achieve being so young. She is smart, bright and can do anything she desires to do in life,” Ms Bolt said.
The New Careers for Aboriginal People (NCAP) program funded by the Department of Industry, State Training Service, Aboriginal Service, aims to assist Aboriginal people into employment and/or training. To find out more contact David Prosser on 0427 217 895 or visit etcltd.com.au