Young Alumni Award – University of Tasmania

Recipient: Mr Will Smith

Detail: Will Smith completed an Associate Degree in Arts in 2016 and has been working as a police officer for the past seven years. His work as a police officer exposed him to different environments and sides of the community which inspired him to develop his own organisation JCP Empowering Youth (JCP).

JCP is a proactive Tasmanian-based company that works with young people on a national scale who are at risk, or on the fringes of being at risk, to inspire and empower them towards the values of leadership.

JCP runs youth-leadership seminars in schools, and leadership camps and intensive programs for at-risk youth, Tasmanians who are disengaged from schooling, youth offenders, and those experiencing bullying or struggling socially. Working with the families, they take young people out of their environment, taking them on camps, and putting them in leadership seminars.

Will has a burning passion for social justice and empowering young people and in 2019, he was recognised as the Young Australian of the Year Tasmania. His desire to transform young people has seen him transform lives from Launceston to Lebanon.