Prasad is Y25 recipient

From left, Charis Prins, Good Start Foundation founder, chief executive Michelle Prasad and Sonali Patel.

An east Aucklander’s foundation that aims to help striving students has been named as one of the Y25 2022 recipients.

Founder and chief executive of Good Start Foundation Michelle Prasad has been chosen in the final selection of the YWCA Tamaki Makaurau’s Y25 2022.

The Y25 is a one-year programme with 25 young women who have raised their voices, challenged the status quo, and are fighting for a farier Aotaeroa.

All have been nominated by members of the public or themselves and are aged 15-25.

A former student and head girl at Edgewater College, Prasad, despite numerous accomplishments, found her applications to multiple scholarships rejected.

She decided to make sure that wouldn’t happen to other students.

The Good Start Foundation aims to help students who continually strive to serve their community, in and out of school, while also maintaining their academic potential and success.

The Times reported on June 15 two Edgewater College students, Charis Prins and Sonali Patel, had won scholarships offered by the Good Start Foundation.

They’re the foundation’s first scholarship recipients.

Both are excellent students and committed volunteers in the community.

Prasad says she feels “absolutely amazed” to see her work recognized on a national level.

“It just gives me more inspiration to do more and more for the community,” she says.

The Y25 is a great opportunity for the recipients to connect, get access and support from the Y’s networks throughout the year, and to take part in training on a variety of business and creative subjects.

The 25 final recipients were announced at AUT University on July 12.