kartik and kat

Students credit Youth Forum

Posted Friday 19 December 2014

Two local HSC high achievers have attributed some of their success to their involvement in Mosman Council’s Youth Forum.

Mosman residents and Manly Selective Campus students Kartik Shastri and Katarina Thompson say their community involvement through the forum helped focus their career direction and gave them additional skills.

Kartik, who received an ATAR of 99.6 and received 99 for Maths Extension 1 and above 90 for all other subjects, said his involvement in introducing the youth discount card system Moscard through the forum, helped him develop key skills such as project management and problem solving.

“Establishing the card enabled me to gain several skills including collaboration, teamwork, promotions, negotiation and communication with key stakeholders,” he said. “Many of these skills are directly transferable to my future career ambitions.

“While Mosman is a great suburb, like young people in other areas we are dealing with serious issues and providing a supportive environment such as through community youth groups is vital.”

The former Youth Parliamentarian hopes to study commerce at either University of Sydney or UNSW.

Katarina, who received an ATAR of 96.9, was among the top performers in the state for German Continuers and was on the distinguished achievers’ list for a number of subjects.

She hopes to study political science in the US and said her Youth Forum and volunteering experience helped in the applications.

“It has given me such an insight into the work involved in making communities more exciting and the only people who know what young people want are young people,” Kat said.

“It’s so empowering to be able to have a direct say in things that go on around you and have a positive impact on others in the community, and it is one of the best opportunities young people have to build skills in co-operation, creativity and leadership.”