Inspirational Youth

So you think you're an Inspirational Youth? Then Tell Us Your Story and share it with everyone.


Inspirational Youth


IC Tomorrows Leaders Today source Inspirational Youth from the local communities that are making a difference at a community and global level. They participate in a panel discussion after the cinema screening. They share with the audience what they are doing, why they are doing it, how they have achieved it and who or what inspired them.

Do you know an inspirational young person?

Are you aware of a story that demonstrates a life lesson?
Inspirational Cinema is always sourcing new material and inspirational youth. We are always creating new programs that deliver positive life messages through the use of inspirational media and our community’s Inspirational Youth. In order to keep Inspirational Cinema’s program contemporary and relevant to young people, we are always keen to hear about stories which will challenge or inspire young people to make a difference in their life and in turn the lives of others.

If you have any suggestions for stories or messages to include in a future program, please Tell Us Your Story

About some of the youth that have participated on the panel

Kyra Glasby

Barefoot Initiative

At the age of 14 Kyra travelled to India with her family where she worked in a Mother Teresa orphanage in Calcutta.

After completing year twelve she travelled for a year through Africa, the Middle East and Asia, spending six months in Ethiopia. She worked as a carer for women dying of HIV/AIDS, teaching English, and HIV education. Kyra also spent two months working for a local Ethiopian NGO called 'Ethiopian Relief & Development Association' (EMRDA).

Barefoot initiative is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) that has grown out of the initiative of a group of three young Australians interested in the sustainable development of marginalised communities. Our name ‘Barefoot Initiative' is symbolic of our goal to work closely with communities at a ground level assisting them in realising their ideas for development.

Nikki Lovell

One Village

After completing year 12 Nikki volunteered with the organization Student Partnerships Worldwide to teach health education to students in the local Primary and Secondary school in the rural village of Namwendwa, Uganda. On returning to Australia Nikki commenced university studying Journalism and International Studies, however, her heart ached thinking of the people she loved struggling in Uganda. Nikki started raising awareness and fundraising, She successfully raised the funds to build the nursery and wanted to further develop projects and programs initiated whilst in Uganda. It became apparent that Nikki's endeavors needed formalizing and the charity "One Village" was created. One Village was launched in January 2007 before Nikki returned to Namwendwa, Uganda to oversee the building of the nursery and initiate further projects

One Village is a non-profit organisation providing education and aid programs to Namwendwa, a village in Uganda.

Jess Roberts

World Youth International Australia (WYI)

Jess is the co-founder of Pathway to Opportunity, an organisation devoted to providing education to children from the 'untouchable' caste in Nepal. In addition, she has travelled to Nepal three times with the organisation World Youth International, where she has worked to alleviate poverty in rural communities. Back in Australia, Jess is studying International Studies and Journalism at university and is working as the Overseas Program Manager at World Youth International. She will be travelling to Africa in June this year and dreams of creating positive change in every community she works in.

WYI is a not for profit, non-religious & non-political international development organisation that offers people over the age of 18 the opportunity to volunteer overseas in a meaningful way. We offer a range of programs and placements to countries including Kenya, Uganda, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos and Peru.


Ogy Simic


Ogy arrived in Australia only ten years ago, as a refugee, as a result of a civil war which erupted in his home town of Sarajevo. He is an active member of the United Nations Youth Association of Australia. In the last seven years Ogy has also spent a lot of time working with the Campbelltown Youth Advisory Committee, Volunteering SA, and for two years has acted as the Australian Government Youth Representative on the National Youth Week National Planing Group.
In 2006 Ogy concluded his one year term on the National Youth Roundtable where he worked closely with government staff to develop a project which strengthens the way the whole of government engages, consults and communicates with young people.
In 2005 he received the Mayors Award for the Achievement of Excellence and was in 2006 named Young South Australian Citizen of the Year.
In 2006 Ogy also acted as the Ambassador of the Australian Delegation to the Hague International Model United Nations Conference where he along with 4000 other young people from all over the world helped draft resolutions which reflected the global voice of young people. The resolutions were ultimately presented to the Secretary General of the United Nations.
In 2007 Ogy was entrusted by the United Nations Youth Association to convene their $50, 000 national show case event, the Evatt Trophy, which was held in December of that year and brought together a large number of young people.
Ogy has lived in Sweden whist completing a course in Human Rights.
Ogy is interested in the contribution of young people to the decision making process of government and issues that affect culturally and linguistically diverse young people.
Ogy is currently a student at Flinders University studying Law and International Studies.





** Follow your passions, and success will follow you ** Nothing in life is stacked against you in your life except your own thinking ** When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth ** Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at ** Every youth owes himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him ** A man in the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else ** You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is enough! You must take action ** All achievement is the triumph of persistence **