Youth award winner Joel Pearson find innovative ways to make his mark on Geraldton and the Mid West

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Joel Pearson won a prestigious Youth Futures Innovation for a Sustainable Future at the 2021 WA Youth Awards.
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Barely finished with high school, a young gun and recent Youth Award winner wants to inspire Mid West students to take the road less travelled and make their own place in the workforce.

In April, 18-year-old Joel Pearson won the prestigious Youth Futures innovation for a sustainable future award.

He was nominated for the award by his boss and Euphonium co-founder Julian Canny.

Mr Pearson started working with the business while he was still in school, making his mark by streamlining the volunteer and staff recruitment and training process — complete with a user-friendly operating system. Mr Pearson designed the program specifically for regional and remote arts organisations, and he has since shared the secret sauce with other groups in the same boat.

“It was a pretty sick awards ceremony,” he said, saying he enjoyed the chance to rub shoulders with other like-minded West Australian go-getters.

He said being around people like WA Young Person of the Year Derek Nannup, 23, and WA Youth Premier Amy Astill, 19, was inspiring.

He hopes his successes can inspire other people in Geraldton to reach for the stars.

“The typical young person in Geraldton just goes off to Perth for uni not knowing what they want to do,” he said.

“I want to inspire people to do what they actually want to do.”

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