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New ambassadors champion WA youth

​Two inspirational young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have been named as Youth Ambassadors for the 2019 Youth Week WA.

Zal Kanga-Parabia, a 23-year-old musician and photographer with a passion for community engagement, will drive Youth Week celebrations as Western Australia's Youth Ambassador.

(Zal Kanga-Parabia photo by Duncan Wright)

Bella Ndayikeze, 22, a Youth Programs Coordinator at the Edmund Rice Centre and Founder and Creative Director of Ignite Creative Media, has been named Deputy Youth Ambassador.

Zal and Bella will work with the planning committee, Propel Youth Arts WA and the Department of Communities to promote, support and develop creative ideas and encourage young people to actively participate in Youth Week WA 2019. 

Zal was a 2018 finalist in the Western Australian of the Year in the youth category, and runner-up Young Person of the Year, Cultural Endeavours at the WA Youth Awards 2015.

Zal's passions include storytelling and science communication through astronomy. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Photomedia and Physics, and has curated exhibitions showcasing research.

Bella is Founder and Creative Director of Ignite Creative Media. She has been an ardent advocate for young people and has been involved in Youth Week activities since 2017. She is currently a member of five boards and was a finalist in last year's Western Australian of the Year in the youth category.

(Bella Ndayikeze)

Youth Week WA runs from 13 to 20 April 2019 and is the State's single largest celebration of young people in WA. The event gives the wider community a chance to listen to young people about issues that concern them, and the opportunity to celebrate their positive contributions to society.