6 talented CCF students are off to Australia after winning a place to attend a Young Leaders Program at Trinity College in Melbourne

The smile that spread across Kanha’s face said it all. All the hard work, effort and the nervous anticipation had paid off: she was going to Australia to visit the renowned Trinity College, part of the University of Melbourne.

Kanha and five other CCF students made it through a tough selection process, which included a written application and formal interview, to get a place on the Young Leaders Program (YLP). A total of 24 CCF pupils applied for a place on the program, which attracts hundreds of entrants aged between 14 and 17 from around the world each year.
The final CCF 6 were revealed this week from a shortlist of 14.

“This is a golden opportunity for me to explore something new and see another culture,” said Kanha, 16.

It’s the second time this year that Kanha will be heading overseas. The teenager and three of her fellow YLP attendees also went to the Tony Robbins Global Youth Leadership Summit (GYLS) in California in July.

“This seems to be our lucky year,” agreed Kanha.

CCF’s lucky six will join international students converging on Trinity College next month (Nov) for the YLP and an opportunity to be inspired, motivated and transformed. They will be able to live on campus and participate in lectures and workshops, all the while mingling with like-minded young leaders.

Joining Kanha in Melbourne will be her friend Sreylak, who at 15 is the youngest CCF student selected. She’s looking forward to sharing Khmer culture with new friends in Australia and spreading awareness about how people in Cambodia live.

First, she has to break the news to her family that she’s going to Melbourne.

Most of the CCF students hadn’t told their parents or relatives that they had applied for the YLP Scholarship, so as not to disappoint them if they didn’t get a place.

“My family is going to be very surprised when I tell them but hopefully happy that I am going to Australia!,” said Chanthearyrath, 16, who had kept her application a secret.

For Vannita, 16, being given one of the six spots to Trinity was extra special. She applied last year but did not get a chance to go. “I’m kind of nervous but really excited,” she said. “I hope that I’m going to explore more about my future career and find my passion.”

Rithy, also 16 and one of only two boys selected along with Ratha, who was not able to attend the reveal this week and is not photographed , said: “Before I reached this point, I had many struggles. I am very happy.”

CCF will have more exciting news about Trinity College soon.

Kate Ginn/CCF

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