SADIKI Mukasa first came to Ballarat seven years ago as a refugee from Congo.
As a 10-year-old he had little idea what to expect.
Last night he was awarded one of the most prestigious awards in Ballarat – the City of Ballarat youth of the year award for people aged 12-17.
Dedicating his life to helping other refugees who walk the path he once walked, as well as the community as a whole, Sadiki was officially recognised for his work in the community.
“I came to realise how I can help out other people who are in similar situations as I was when I first came over,” Sadiki said at the 2013 City of Ballarat Youth Awards.
Sadiki works with the Centre for Multicultural Youth, the We R U Project and countless other community activities in Ballarat.
Last night he shared the major youth award with Melita Knight, who took out the equivalent award in the 18-25-year-old category.
Ms Knight, a professional writing and editing student at University of Ballarat, was honoured for her community work in a number of aspects in the Ballarat community.
Ms Knight has been a volunteer with Lead On Ballarat since 2010 and also contributes to the UB student magazine Hotch Potch.
Full awards coverage in
The Courier on Monday.