NAIDOC WEEK 5-12 JULY 2020

Gemma Benn

2009
Youth of the Year

Gemma Benn is an inspirational young leader who, through her actions, is showcasing the very best of her generation and what they can offer to the community.

Gemma completed a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University and went on to complete a graduate traineeship with the Northern Territory Government. Today, Gemma works in youth policy development within the NT Government

Elected by her peers, Gemma served a 12 month term as deputy chair for the Northern Territory Youth Ministers Round Table of Young Territorians in 2008.

The position gives Gemma another direct avenue to the Northern Territory Government and the opportunity to represent her community in decisions and outcomes that will affect them.

Humble and gracious, Gemma would see herself not as a leader, but simply as ‘doing what she can’. But Gemma is most definitely a leader, a quality that was recognised when Gemma was selected as a delegate at the Prime Minister’s 2020 Youth Summit in 2008.

Gemma’s goal for the future revolves around helping to create an Australia where young people feel valued and cherished with every opportunity to make a contribution to society.

Gemma sees past the divides that exist in society, and instead sees people – people with talents, abilities and visions.