Winner

2019

Ciara Duggan YWCA

Youth Work Champion

Ciara continually strives to see the best in every situation, they are silver lining royalty! If only 3 young people turn up to a program or event, Ciara will find the success for those young people and see it as an opportunity for the program to change and practices grow. Ciara does not seek the spotlight, it finds to them because of their genuine personality, passion and drive for wanting the best for young people. It is this genuineness that young people see and appreciate, and why Ciara is able to achieve some amazing outcomes.

Ciara has especially excelled at supporting young people from within the LGBTQIA community. During their time at YWCA Canberra they have started the A to Z social support group, collaborated with others to hold IADHOBIT Day events, provided supports to schools and young people and been the driving force behind three successful LGBTQIA+ Allies Proms (Prom). The 2019 Prom which will be bigger and better due to the successful Capital of Equality Grant. YWCA Canberra successfully applied for a Chief Ministers Office Gant to provide a work skills program for young people from the LGBTQIA community. This is a program that Ciara is passionate getting started about after receiving feedback from young people. Ciara has developed a partnership with CIT so that young people involved will received accredited training.

Ciara is constantly sharing and improving their knowledge and skills, be it through staff supervision, chats around the office or facilitating workshops. Ciara has facilitated at the Canberra Together – LGBTIQ+ Community Symposium 2019; to ANU Computer Science students working on a Rainbow App; at YWCA Canberra She Lead’s events; and will MC the 2019 She Leads High Conference. Ciara an Our Watch Endorsed Trainer for Primary Prevention of Violence Programs: Change the Story & Workplace Equality and Respect and Youth Coalition of the ACT Board member.

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