Spotlight on our Youth
Published on 23 April 2020
At the Ctiy of Ryde’s special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, we were pleased to award Cosmin Luca the Ryde Young Citizen of the Year. We had a chat with Cosmin to find out about his passions and vision for young people in our City.
What are your main interests and passions?
To be perfectly honest with you, my interests change so frequently, that even I can’t keep up with them. Maybe it’s because I’m young, but one month I’m interested in video games, and the next I get into live music! It’s always changing, and I’m always out there trying new things. I think the one thing that I’ve always been captivated by is politics, and generally trying to keep track of where the world is going.
Are there any issues or causes you are particularly interested in?
I’m particularly interested in facilitating the development of young people. While the public speaking program is still in development, I’ve been working on providing public speaking and confidence training to stage 3, 4, and 5 students. Besides that, climate change is probably the single most important issue which we should all care about.
What kind of work do you do in the community?
Last year, I was the Vice Captain at Ryde Secondary College, and it was an honour to work with my fellow prefects to bring mental health and youth poverty awareness to the forefront of discourse at our school. I’ve also been on the Ryde Youth Council for the past two years, and I’m very proud of the initiatives the team has put out over those years.
Why do you think mentoring is important and how have you been involved in mentoring young people?
I connect strongly with the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. Mentoring doesn’t just make sure the next generation of young people are motivated and driven to change the world for the better, but it also gives them the confidence and skills needed to do so.
What has been the reaction to you winning Young Citizen of the Year? Would you recommend other people nominate next year?
My parents, of course, are very proud of me, even though I tell them they shouldn’t be! I think everyone should go out into the community and do what they can to make it better, and I think that ultimately, every young person who has done something for their community deserves recognition. That’s why I urge anyone reading this to think about the young people in their lives who work for good in Ryde, and I urge them to keep them in mind when nominations come around for Young Citizen of the Year 2021.
To any community volunteers reading this, you rock, and you have my upmost respect.
The City of Ryde Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Awards recognise outstanding accomplishments by individuals in our community who have excelled in their chosen field. Find out more on our Citizen of the Year Awards page.