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December 27, 2011 > Fremont student wins International Youth Award

Fremont student wins International Youth Award

Submitted By Shanti Balaraman

On December 10, the School Broadcasting Network (SBN) in Melbourne, Australia, announced the winners for the "International Youth Awards."

Pavan Raj Gowda, age 11, from Fremont, was announced as the winner of the SBN International Youth Award 2011 (boys ages 8 to 12). Gowda is the founder of "Green Kids Now" a non-profit organization, focused on taking action and increasing environmental awareness.

The SBN Global Youth Awards are an annual international award acknowledging young people in the age groups of 8-12 years, 13-18 years and 19-25 years who are: caring for community, nature and our planet; committed to social justice; creating initiatives and benchmarks for an equitable and sustainable future or furthering the understanding and integration of indigenous or international culture. (http://sbnonline.org/category/sbn-youth-awards/)

A few weeks before the recognition, radio station 94.1 3WBC invited Gowda to a live radio interview, called 'Primary Perspectives.' He was interviewed by a team of kids in Australia and the program aired live during peak commute hours. Gowda's passion for the environment has inspired kids across the globe!

Earlier in December and prior to the announcement of his winning the SBN award, Gowda had been invited to participate as a youth speaker at the "SBN Global Youth Conference," which also aired live. The purpose of this conference was to give young people around the world a voice about what they see as the most vitally important issues of our time.

Futurist Dr. Peter Ellyard moderated the conference and discussed solutions with the youth delegates, ages 12 - 25, from around the world. Gowda was the youngest speaker at the conference. He spoke about resource sustainability, and emphasized the importance of recycling, the need to adopt alternative resources, to look at the natural ecosystems and learn from them.

Gowda's message of striving for a "zero waste" community, and to create things in sustainable ways, has reached thousands of kids across the world who listened to the live broadcast from their schools.

The recorded version of the radio interview and his speech at the Global Youth Conference will soon be available for on-demand listening. The links will be posted on his organization's website: http://greenkidsnow.org.

Congratulations to Pavan Raj Gowda for his tenacity and being such an exceptional leader. The International Youth Award was truly well deserved!

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