2019 SAAVI Student of the Term 3 - Majenta

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Everton Park State High School student, Majenta is currently undertaking the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering through our Students as Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).

Majenta volunteers at BLIND EYE which is a homeless shelter that is privately funded and runs on a volunteer basis, based on Christian values. She assists with the cooking and cleaning. She also volunteers at Newmarket State School where she assists prep students with games and activities. Majenta is a natural with the children and loves the fact she is contributing to the community.

In addition to being a great ambassador for her school, Majenta has connected with other people she would not ordinarily have come into contact with. She believes her volunteering brings a sense of fun and fulfillment to her life as well as to the lives of others.

Newmarket State School's prep teacher, Ms Sherron Carter, was very impressed with the way in which Majenta engaged with her students. It was evident that the students loved Majenta by the way they listened to her and hung on every word she said. She said it was a pleasure to observe Majenta's interactions with them.

On reflection, Majenta said "Volunteering experience has improved major aspects of my life. Essentially, I believe I have gained a larger sense of empathy for people’s circumstances and have a better grasp on realistic ways I can help others. For example, in volunteering at a homeless shelter, I was exposed to members of the Brisbane community who broke typical stereotypes, and thus forced me to educate myself further. Cooking, cleaning and engaging in conversation also taught me a sense of responsibility, and in many ways pushed me out of my comfort zone, however, provided me with transferable skills which I believe I now utilise every day, such as time management and decision making in semi-stressful situations."

Majenta's plans for the future include obtaining her Year 12 Certificate and then to continue with studies at University. She is hoping to study a Bachelor of Justice at QUT with a continued focus on human services in her career thanks to her volunteering efforts.

We wish Majenta all the best for her future and congratulate her on being our SAAVI Student of the Term 3, 2019. For her efforts, Majenta was presented the SAAVI Student of the Term Award and a $50 Gift Card.