Queensland Young Achiever Awards


The Queensland Young Achiever Awards aims to recognise, encourage, and reward our State’s most vital resource, its young people and to make them role models for others.

Each year the Awards seek out and highlight the incredible achievements of young individuals that creates a sense of state pride, unity and inspiration, through their role modelling to the wider community. 


The University of Queensland Create Change Award

Many young Queenslanders are passionate about creating change. The University of Queensland Create Change Award recognises young people that are driving activities, programs and initiatives that promote or create change. The Create Change Award acknowledges and celebrates the commitment young people make in achieving or participating in positive activities that empower change locally, nationally and/or internationally.

Angelique Hallett

Angelique Hallett – 2021

Angelique Hallett, 17 of Sippy Creek is making a change in the lives of children affected by domestic violence. Angelique started Loving Hope Bears, a social enterprise that allows customers the opportunity to support children in local domestic violence shelters by giving them a new teddy bear. Her goal is to dramatically decrease the long-lasting effects of domestic violence on children by providing them with comfort.

To develop her entrepreneurial skills, Angelique completed programs for young entrepreneurs and has earned Diplomas in Business and Event Management. Angelique was awarded the 2021 Young Citizen of the Year for the Sunshine Coast.

Angelique Hallett being presented the award by Professor Rongyu Li.

Kathryn Lyons

Sabrina Chakori – 2020

Sabrina Chakori, 27 of Highgate Hill advocates for a sustainable economy. Sabrina started the social enterprise Brisbane Tool Library (BTL) which operates from the State Library and enables people to borrow a range of hand and power tools, camping gear, sports equipment and other items rescued from landfill and the community. The practical circular economy model expands and maximises the use of goods that would have otherwise been underutilised. Sabrina is a Board Member of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council. A graduate of MSc in Environmental Economics, Sabrina is undertaking a PhD at UQ looking at solutions to transition to zero-packaging food systems.


Navdeep Pasricha

Navdeep Pasricha – 2019

Navdeep Pasricha, 22 of Carrara is seeking to improve child education in rural and regional Australia. He is the CEO of iYouthGlobal which offers iYouthon Demand, the Netflix for Teacher’s professional development. The online platform Teachflix, allows teachers even in remote areas to get the best training any time, any day. The content is provided by professional development providers and existing teachers. The organisation has trained almost 20,000 people in 10 countries.

Navdeep sits on board Queensland's second largest school, serving in an advisory team for the Department of Education. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Navdeep Pasricha



Kathryn Lyons

Kathryn Lyons – 2018

Kathryn Lyons, 25 of Loganholme is an award-winning innovator, mentor and advocate for everyone’s Right to Toilet with Dignity. Through her experiences of poor access design of disabled toilets, Kathryn created Accessibili-t. Accessibili-t works with governments and corporations to achieve real access, sanitation and hygiene for the disabled, complex medical conditions and frail aged when toileting. Kathryn delivers motivational talks and workshops and challenged leaders to act when speaking at the World Toilet Summit 2017.



Jarred Turner

Jarred Turner – 2017

Jarred Turner, 21 of Toowong is the President of IMPACT Social Enterprise, a youth-led organisation educating young people about social entrepreneurship. Jarred designed and launched IMPACT’s School Program into five schools and two universities. He also produced Australia’s largest youth-focused social enterprise conference in 2016. In its third year, IMPACT has turned over $70,000 in revenue allowing them to deliver educational content and immersive social enterprise experiences to over 1,100 young people and upskill 60 volunteers across three states.


Jarred Turner



Nicholas Marchesi & Lucas Patchett

Nicholas Marchesi & Lucas Patchett – 2016

Nicholas Marchesi & Lucas Patchett, 21 of Herston co-founded Orange Sky Laundry, a mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. Nicholas and Lucas have also developed a comprehensive training program and provide ongoing support to their 300 volunteers. Orange Sky Laundry now has a fleet of seven vehicles and operates in four states. They have connected with hundreds of people experiencing homelessness and provided 70,000kgs of washing and drying to those in need.


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