Brimbank Youth Council 2022: Allyza Catapang
It’s with great pleasure to introduce your 2022 Brimbank Youth Councillor Allyza Catapang!
Name: My name is Allyza Catapang and I am 17 years old.
Suburb: Sunshine West
Tell us more about yourself!
I’m currently a Year 12 student at Sunshine College. I’m planning to pursue a career in Science or Engineering and someday I hope to make an impact within my chosen field. My hobbies are writing, reading and painting, and usually if I have more time I like to watch anime.
Why did you join the BYC? OR IF THIS IS YOUR SECOND YEAR: Why did you decide to stay on in the BYC?
I decided to join the BYC because I wanted to start participating more in the community and I wanted to find somewhere where my voice could be heard loud and clear. I wanted to not only make my last year in highschool count, but I also wanted to mark it as the start of me going out of my comfort zone.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about issues such as providing safe spaces for struggling youths, especially if they struggle with their mental health, or struggle in school. I am also passionate about having more young people have a say in what happens in their community and ensuring that they know enough to understand what is happening and how their choices can influence the places around them. I also am passionate about doing more to provide aid for homeless people, especially homeless young people who have to balance school and providing for themselves.
What are you hoping to achieve as a BYC member this year?
This year as a BYC member, I hope to successfully advocate for the issues I am passionate about. I also hope to achieve being part of making life better for people in Brimbank through advocating for new programs or helping improve programs that are meant to provide aid and support.
What does a better Brimbank look like to you?
To me, a better Brimbank is when the citizens live happier and fulfilling lives where they don’t have to worry about finding support because they can always come to us. A better Brimbank also looks like a place where homelessness is reduced and where young people can be free to be themselves and where they have a space to not only study but to have fun and interact with other people.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young people who want to create change in their community?
My one piece of advice is to just go for it. It doesn’t have to start as something major, but all the little things you do to want to create change can only grow to help you be better. By just starting something, no matter how small it is, is how all great changes start.