What are the Trailblazer Awards?
The Trailblazer Awards celebrates Year 12 students beyond their ATAR, recognising those who have overcome personal challenges and used their final year of school to positively impact their community.
Our Trailblazers will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, build their personal brand and profile as a future leader, learn key career skills in our 3-day Pathfinder Accelerator, and so much more!
Find out how Aya navigated Year 12 differently throughout 2021!
Introducing: Aya Lazkani
Category: Social Impact & Change
School: Malek Fahd Islamic School
Career Aspiration: Speech pathologist or social worker
- Over 780 hours working as a support worker
What makes Aya a Trailblazer?
During the HSC Aya has been working as a support worker with Achieving Goals, and Hope and Care, helping and assisting those in need. She’s spent over 780 hours in this role and making an impact on the lives of those with disabilities. Through her encounters with these individuals Aya’s desire to serve others has only grown and made her appreciate everything she has.
Completing this work in Year 12 has also taught her a lot about responsibility as she had to manage her time and ensure that she was able to meet deadlines at school. Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, and facing her own struggles with anxiety, Aya continued to support others throughout the year.
“Knowing that I was making a difference, even small, in a child’s life, warms my heart and makes me feel content.”
Aya believes her purpose lies in helping others and this desire has continued to help shape and influence her decisions for the future. She wants to continue as a social worker or as a speech pathologist – as long as her job allows her to continue helping others, she’s up for it!
This is why Aya is a Trailblazer!
The Top 50 Year 12 Trailblazer Awards
The Trailblazer Awards aim to identify and celebrate students who use their final years of school to invest holistically in the skills and experiences that will maximise their own future opportunities and make a contribution to the future of our society.
Our winners for the Year 12 Trailblazer Awards have demonstrated initiative in volunteering for their school or community, have participated in co-curricular activities, and have held leadership positions within their schools.
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