Tia Australia founder wins Channel 9 Young Achiever Award

Tia Australia founder wins Channel 9 Young Achiever Award

Ch9 YAAOn Friday 28th April 2017 TIA founder Tessa Henwood-Mitchell was announced as the winner of the University Senior College’s Create Change Award as part of the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.

Tessa, 29 from Aldinga Beach, now lives in Cochabamba, Bolivia where TIA Australia supports young people exiting state institutions so they can build a brighter future. She hopes the award will help raise awareness of the work TIA is doing, all fully funded and supported by a team of Adelaide volunteers.

“I’m so incredibly humbled and grateful to be selected as the winner of the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards Create Change Award,” said Tessa.

“This award really goes to all the incredible people who have helped to make TIA what it is today including 4 Bolivian staff and over 100 volunteers.”

“So thank you to all who have come on this journey with me to empower youth and inspire brighter futures here in Bolivia.”

The award brings awareness to Tessa’s incredible work in Bolivia and the volunteer-run NGO, which she set up over 8 years ago.

TIA’s ValenTIA (meaning ‘courage’) Transition Program, has provided workshops for 100s of Bolivian teenagers to support transition into independent living after exiting state care. TIA also runs a residential transition centre and other programs supporting Bolivian youth.


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