ENGAGING AWARD: Ivan Spyrdz from Cricket NSW, Jackson Stolk, Kiama MP Gareth Ward and NSW Minister responsible for Youth Affairs John Ajaka at the awards presentation.
Jackson Stolk meant it in a good way when he told his fellow Albion Park High School students to go and get on their bikes.
The Year 9 student organised a bike ride along Lake Illawarra to encourage students who don't usually ride bikes to gain confidence riding next to the road.
The teenager's efforts were recognised recently when he was presented with the Youth Frontiers – Engaging in Sport Award.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward and the Minister responsible for Youth Affairs John Ajaka, presented the award to Jackson at a ceremony at New South Wales Parliament House.
Mr Ward congratulated Jackson on the award.
‘'He planned and tested bike routes and organised a bike ride for 30 high school students where they learnt about bike safety and explored bike routes in their local area,'' Mr Ward said.
He said Youth Frontiers was a mentoring program that helps young people in Years 8 and 9 develop key life skills.
‘'Each student is paired with a mentor who volunteers to spend about an hour per week with them over six months during school,'' Mr Ward said.
‘'The participants then put the skills learnt into practice by working on a community project. The program challenges young people to do something about the issues affecting their local community.
‘'With the support of their mentor, the students have not only come up with creative solutions to local issues but developed key life skills.''
More than 1000 students and 1000 mentors participated in the program across all 93 State electorates. The six Youth Frontiers award categories include Empowering Young Women, won by Dapto High School student Zara Brown.
The awards were supported by SBS, Reach Out Australia, the Black Dog Institute, Cricket NSW, Telstra, Legacy NSW and Taronga Zoo.
Information at http://youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-frontiers