Name: Katie Beveridge
Pursuit: Youth Services
Katie lives in a small country town in rural Australia and through her motivation, energy and commitment to make a difference, demonstrates responsibility and leadership beyond her years. Katie works in community service and enjoys working on issues that impact young people in her community. Her dream is to ensure that the next generation is given the opportunity to live, learn and develop in a country that is strong, green, smart, healthy and fair. Her local community has a large youth population and in 2012 she will initiate a Young Womens Forum over 2 days to invest in their future. Katie’s belief is that the skills these young women learn and information they acquire will assist them to reach their own goals whether they are professional, academic or personal. The support of the grant will help Katie deliver tis program having lasting and fast-reaching effects.
When did you start?
I have been working in community services for 4 years and have a passion for supporting young people in regional Australia. I currently work to support families who are having a tough time and am a guest speaker in schools to present talks on healthy body image
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
In 2009 I received a grant for Youth Homelessness and held a sleep out a local drive in for 200 young people. This event raised $2,500 for emergency support in our region and because of this I was awarded the 2010 Youth of the year at our Australia day awards.
What is your dream?
My Dream is to build a generation of young women in my community who have the courage to achieve their goals. Coming from a small community or an isolated property these women have not always received the support and encouragement they deserve.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
If a hero is an everyday person who changes the world then I would say I am surrounded by them. My work place is made up of strong courageous women who change the lives of our community every day.
Any other special talents?
I’m an amazingly bad dancer!
Anything and everything! I love 80’s as well as country, rock and Top 40. Pretty easy to please
Probably the Breakfast club
Favourite TV Show?
A nice roast!
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The funds from this grant will assist in the payment of promotional materials, administration costs, the printing of forum brochures, catering and hall hire for our Young Women’s Forum.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Live like it’s your last day.