SIXTEEN-year-old Abigail Widjaja of Casula has some big plans for 2014, but she needs a helping hand to make them a reality.
Abigail, who is in year 11 at Moorebank High School, is a YMCA NSW Youth Parliament representative and will also study extra credit at the University of Sydney.
She is passionately interested in politics and has a keen interest in American culture.
She is hoping to get sponsorship to help fund two YMCA NSW Youth Parliament camps and the university's America: Prophecy, Power, Politics program.
"At one camp we will be equipped with the skills to prepare ourselves, to debate our bills or reports at the other camp," Abigail said.
"It's a great feeling knowing that real politicians will be there to take into consideration what we have to say as young people."
Abigail said she had always wanted to travel to America. Right now, though, she said, the course was the next best thing.
"I want to know all about their influential people and how their government works," she said. "It's important to know these things as we are two close nations who work together regularly. Most of all, I am excited about being surprised and experiencing the unexpected.
"I have this strong passion for politics because I have compassion for humanity."
Abigail said she was a migrant and she believed it was important for her to give something back to Australia and its people.
She said: "I once heard someone say: 'Don't complain' have a vision. If you don't like it, do something about it'."
Abigail said that doing the training and extra study would help her fulfil her dream.
"I want to live for a cause; be a part of something greater than myself," she said.
"Through politics, you can positively change and influence society and a culture for the better.
"It's an honour and a privilege to represent my community and specifically the young people."
Details: Contact Abigail Widjaja on firstname.lastname@example.org.