Schools’ Peace Week Ambassadors 2016
Amandeep is a truly inspiring young lady who selflessly devotes her spare time to helping others and community work. Amandeep is a 17 year old student at Manurewa High. Her passion is serving the community and giving back to her community by volunteering as much as she can. She is part of a Spoken Words Youth Group in Manurewa, where the group serves the community by holding fundraisers and events. She is also passionate about the outdoors and the environment. In April, she was a delegate selected for Young Leaders Environ Forum 2016 held in Nelson by Sir Peter Blake Trust. She was also selected as a delegate for NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) conference on a youth grant earlier this year. Volunteering and helping to serve her community is her way of spreading peace. She is also currently fundraising $2000 for Cancer Society until 26th of August and you can help her reach her goal by visiting her online fundraising page below.
We are so excited about having Amandeep join us as a Schools' Peace Week Ambassador, she is a wonderful example of a youth peace maker.
Dean Lovell-Shippey is a 23 year old Kiwi who was born in South Africa and is in his final year of university at AUT and the founder of Find Her Smile. Find Her Smile (FHS) is an organisation created to mobilize the youth of New Zealand in the fight against child sex trafficking. They believe that a passionate, motivated and dedicated youth is one of the most powerful forces in this world. By educating, resourcing, and empowering, they are able to see awareness of this social injustice spread across New Zealand. Find Her Smile has seen several successful social media campaigns through as well as launched a fast-growing, ethical clothing line. FHS has a following of over 18,000 people across all social media platforms and has spoken at countless schools, churches, youth groups, and even guest lectured twice at AUT University. They have also raised just under $16,000 since their launch in October 2015 and formed various partnerships with other NGO's. This movement is snowballing throughout New Zealand and continues to grow daily. If you haven't already, Join The Movement! Dean says, "It is an absolute privilege to be invited to be an ambassador for this year's School Peace Week. As an organisation that targets youth, we know as well as anybody that this is in fact where the power lies. The youth are the future of this world. Therefore, educating and encouraging them to be advocates for peace and justice while still at a young age will ensure that they grow up to be world changers."
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Kainat is 16 years old and from Pakistan. She has achieved incredible success in peace building and peace education in Pakistan and abroad. She is an author of peace books and singer of peace songs. She has spread the message of peace in Pakistan, France, Italy and other countries. Kainat has received a number of awards such as the Husan-e-Karkardagi, Award from Chairman PTI Imran Khan, an award from PM Sardar Attique and many others. Kainat’s main goal is to work for peace, not only in Pakistan, but also internationally.
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Emma Cooper-Williams is a 17-year-old singer and songwriter from Rangitoto College, Auckland. In 2014 at the age of 15, she won the Play It Strange Peace Song, competition that gave her the opportunity to record her song ‘Put Our Swords Down’ and a 5-week scholarship to Hiroshima, Japan. Emma is now looking into how she can create peace driven change in our society, to make it accepting of all people. This year Emma is an assistant tutor in a workshop run by Star Jam called West Sensational Singing, which provides workshops and performance opportunities for young people with disabilities. Emma hopes that as Schools’ Peace Week Ambassador she will be able to help in building peace in groups, communities as well as in the whole New Zealand.
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