July2015_YOUNG ACHIEVER 2015 GRACE LYE

Grace Lye was presented with her award by Nikki Boyd, State Member for Pine Rivers.
Grace Lye’s dedication and drive as well as her concern for others is truly remarkable.  Kinda makes your head spin . . . . 
 
Grace attended Dayboro State School where she was chosen as Sports Captain, then onto High School at Genesis Christian College where she was also elected Sports House Captain.  Even Ross River Fever and a broken ankle did not stop Grace from achieving an OP score of 4.  Scouts and Pony Club were amongst her interest growing up and, as a young adult Grace’s concern and compassion for others is what makes her stand out from her peers. 
While working at the Dayboro Pharmacy, Grace took time off every Friday without pay, to help the Chaplain at Dayboro State School, run his after-school program for young children.
She also helped run a mentoring program for young girls – “Girls with Big Dreams” – in both Dayboro and Mt Mee schools, teaching the grade 6 female students about self-esteem, how to cope with bullying, and emotional growth during their teenage years.  
From this Grace realized there are many young people in Dayboro and Mt Mee who are struggling with family, addictions or self-esteem problems – especially high school students who have nowhere to socialize, due to Dayboro’s isolation.
With the help of the Chaplain, Grace co-founded a Friday night Youth group for teenagers at Dayboro school hall.  Up to 18 young people attend each Friday night.  They organize games, and fun activities, as well as provide hot chips and gravy and munchies, to keep the kids entertained.  The cost of running the Youth Group, comes out of Gracie’s and the leader’s pockets.
Realising the need to continue this safe environment for Dayboro’s young people to have fun, grace approached local organisations and secured some funding so the program could continue year round.  This enables them to plan, buy resources and provide entertainment, food and programs for every Friday of 2015.  
Through her leadership at the Youth Group, grace has become a mentor and confidante to many of the young people.  
Now she has returned to study, enrolling in Psychology at QUT – with the long-term goal of bringing social justice and change for young people, on a State and Federal level.  To fund her degree Grace has begun her own house cleaning business around Dayboro, still keeping up her youth work, studies and having fun with her friends.  
Congratulations Grace.  All the best for your future ventures.

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