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Bond student pioneers change for Australia's youth

Bond University student and young entrepreneur Nicole Gibson has been named as one of the Foundation for Young Australians’ 2012 Young Social Pioneers.

Nicole will join 18 other selected young social pioneers in the program which includes mentoring, rigorous peer learning, skills development, leadership and international networking enabling the 18 – 29 year olds to make a greater impact with their chosen cause.

Nicole’s charitable organisation, The Rogue and Rouge Foundation, looks at ways of financially aiding individuals and their families who cannot afford the treatment required for recovery from mental illnesses, in particular eating disorders.

Nicole says she is excited about turning the win into an opportunity to communicate this important issue to Australia’s youth.

“This is an amazing avenue for me to collaborate with past Young Social Pioneer award winners and others working alongside them,” she explains.

“The program is a much needed initiative and will one day have extremely strong alumni.

“What this is doing for my Foundation is invaluable; it's providing me with the credibility needed to grow The Rogue & Rouge Foundation to a national level.”

Being part of the program means Nicole will travel to conferences and networking opportunities around Australia on behalf of The Rogue & Rouge Foundation, while also attending training seminars to help in understanding what it means to be a social change maker.

Nicole credits Bond University with allowing her to develop networks and honing her promotional skills.

“Bond University has allowed me to understand the theories behind marketing, which have helped facilitate the growth of the business,” said Nicole.

“Above this, Bond University’s support network has been an incredible help throughout the adolescence of my business.”

Nicole is currently working with schools directly and would like to leverage The Rogue & Rouge Foundation through new networks. Find out more about The Rogue & Rouge Foundation.

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