IN DANIEL Dizon’s case youth isn’t wasted on the young.
The 20-year-old from Mt Druitt has already dedicated his life to giving back to his community and wanting to change the world.
He makes the most of his youth by dedicating his time to the causes of education, poverty and injustice.
‘‘I volunteered in a United Nations management course for disadvantaged youth in Cameroon,’’ he said.
‘‘I provide learning materials, build and mark assignments, provide feedback and answer questions from students.’’
Mr Dizon is also the chief editor of Devoted Youth Australia Incorporated and recently co-founded an education forum that aims to help HSC students by providing free resources. It already has more than 12,ooo members.
Mr Dizon is passionate about contributing to the future of his area.
‘‘This is the town where I grew up in and I want to make sure the future is bright,’’ he said.
Inspired by his parents, Mr Dizon said volunteering has enriched his life.
‘‘Volunteering provides you with a sense of direction and it’s important for all young people to feel that they are making positive contributions to the world,’’ he said.
‘‘You begin to realise how powerful you are as a person when you can make someone else’s life better.’’
Though Mr Dizon is studying for a bachelor of business degree he hopes to encourage young people to pursue volunteer work.
‘‘You can all make a difference by volunteering for your nominated cause,’’ he said.
‘‘We are in this together and have the power to make the world a better place for our children.’’