Finding the positives during challenging times  

Rochelle, 21 from Canada is a Gold Award participant. She was recently involved in the takeover of the Royal family’s Instagram Stories as part of International Youth Day when she had the opportunity to talk about the work she’s been doing to support her community during the challenges of COVID-19. Here she talks to us a bit more about her Award experience during the pandemic.

Tell us about your Award journey – why did you decide to start your Award?  

I decided to venture with the Award to broaden my leadership skills, and to help empower those around me to make a difference.

What do you like about the Award?            

What I loved most about the Award were the leadership development conference’s, and the life long memories I have created with them.

What do you find challenging about the Award?      

The most challenging aspect of the Award for me was the Adventures Journey, and convincing my family to complete it with me. It turned out to be an unforgettable experience.

What sort of challenges are you facing in your day-to-day life, as a result of COVID-19? How has this impacted you?     

Challenge’s include: University being moved to online, losing my day job, and not being able to meet people in person for meetings and conferences. Although there have been downfalls, there have been as many positive outcomes to counter balance it.

Rochelle Prasad from Canada
Has the Award helping you to deal with any of these challenges? If so, how?      

They have granted me $10,000 to help my community during these times! I was able to provide 200 meals to front line workers, 100 care packages to low income families and donated 20 meters of fabric for face masks.

Have you had to adapt your Award activities as a result of COVID-19? If so, how?

Everything has been moved online!

Are you using your Award (and particularly your Voluntary Service section) to help your community deal with the challenges of COVID-19? If so, how?          

I was able to provide 200 meals to front line workers, 100 care packages to low income families and donated 20 meters of fabric for face masks.

Do you think being involved with the Award helps you and your community at this time? If so, how?       

Yes! It has provided a larger community of support through grants and mentorship.