St John of God Social Outreach recently nominated Horizon House Tier 3 resident Jasmine Mountford for the Cultural Endeavours Award at this year’s WA Youth Awards and we are delighted to announce that she has been named as a finalist.
The WA Youth Awards attracted more than 80 entries this year and from those, just 26 finalists were selected.
The Cultural Endeavors Award category recognises young people who have made a significant contribution to the community through drama, visual arts, technical support, digital and/or technology, dance, debating, literary pursuits or music.
Currently completing an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts and Crafts at Northbridge Central TAFE, our team felt that 21 year old Jasmine was an obvious contender.
Caregivers may remember reading about Jasmine earlier this year, when she landed a dream job teaching the school holiday arts program at Ronald McDonald House Perth as part of the charity’s Ronald McDonald Learning Program.
Since then, she has also been volunteering her time a committee responsible for organising the end of year grad show at her TAFE and put her hand up to develop the full list of artworks that will be distributed to each of the several hundred guests who attended the grad show exhibition.
Balancing these significant commitments with her end-of-year assessments is a big load but Jasmine said it has been made easier by previous volunteering experience.
Earlier this year, Northbridge Central TAFE held an exhibition of its students’ work and, as a member of the Promotional and Extra Sale Teams, Jasmine played a key role in its success. As one of three students on the Promotional Committee, she was responsible for publicising the event which saw students’ artworks auctioned for sale.
After coming up with the idea to sell special edition mugs to fund a celebratory event for the student artists after the event, Jasmine and another lady in her course recruited one of their peers to help them design and print a series of cups themed, ‘but why?’.
It was a creative idea that was a huge success – the cups sold out and helped fund a well-deserved celebration for all the budding artists who’d poured their hearts and souls into the work that was auctioned.
Jasmine has been pre-accepted into a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) at Curtin University and is looking forward to starting next year. She will receive a significant number of credits for the study she has already undertaken at TAFE but plans to add an additional year to her degree so she can minor in history and creative writing.
Her long-term goal is to complete a postgraduate Diploma of Education so she can fulfil her dream of becoming a high school arts teacher.
A previous resident of the Wilson and Bunbury Tier 1 Horizon Houses, Jasmine recently moved to Tier 3 of the program and is now living independently with outreach support.
Far too modest to consider herself as a mentor or a role model, Jasmine does concede that she enjoys going back to the Horizon House to visit other residents and provide them with peer-to-peer support.
Only too familiar with many of the challenges these young people are facing, Jasmine is living proof that with the right support and commitment, it is possible to overcome your circumstances not just to achieve great things for yourself, but also for your community.
Horizon House exists to help young people achieve independence and, critically, to provide the stability and support they need to be able to achieve their personal goals.
We’re extremely proud of Jasmine and regardless of who takes out first place at the Youth Awards on 27 November at Crown Perth she’s the clear winner in our eyes. Congratulations Jas!