Hue Man (pronounced Way Man) believes the size of your bank account shouldn’t determine how far you go in life.
The 20-year old social justice advocate and 2017 Aim for the Stars scholarship recipient grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne. She immigrated from Vietnam with her family at the age of 3.
"When I first came to Australia, I didn't speak a single word of English"
Initially, Hue Man found it difficult to master the language and properly express her thoughts. It was frustrating. Her childhood was tough. Money was tight, and resources were scarce.
In year 12, a stressful family situation took a toll on Hue Man’s mental health and grades. Lucky enough to have access to revision lectures and the support of her community, she managed to dig deeper.
"I knew if I kept going, even if the path ahead was murky, one day I’d reach my goal of studying at University".
It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears BUT Hue Man finished school and was accepted into Melbourne University to study Science. It was a glorious moment! She’s the first person in her family to get a tertiary education.
This achievement gave Hue Man the confidence to apply for an Aim for the Stars grant to create Brain Nation Hub, an online resource that offers disadvantaged kids resources around leadership, education and life skills.
The content has been lovingly compiled over the last three years, drawn from resources Hue Man received at programs on building resilience, lessons from others, as well as mentoring programs, workshops and presentations.
Brain Nation is Hue Man’s way of paying it forward. Reflecting on her 14-year-old self, she knew she would have benefited from a resource like this.
That’s why the website is free for anyone to use. If we hone these skills from an early age, it will open more doors – personally and professionally. It’s about giving everyone a fair go to have a better life!
Your donations have been used to purchase web-based conferencing tools, which Hue Man will use to provide online intense 4-week Change Makers Program. This will cover topics like values, leadership, communication and team work.
Hue Man’s piece of advice to others is NEVER underestimate yourself and NEVER let anyone, especially yourself tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams.
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