2016 - ACT Young Australian of the Year Nominee
Famous for her ‘endlessly positive’ attitude, Sophie Hope describes herself as an advocate for youth, mental health, refugees, human rights and animal welfare.
Sophie’s first foray into volunteering was as a teenager, when she began fostering kittens from the RSPCA.
Since then the 23 year old neuroscience student has volunteered at youth mental health initiative Headspace, as well as for Lifeline Canberra’s telephone crisis support.
She is a member of the ACT Refugee Action Committee, continues to provide foster care for animals at RSPCA ACT and played a significant role in the Youth Coalition of the ACT’s consultations with young people about mental health.
She has undergone competitive selection processes for many of her volunteer positions and says volunteering is more rewarding than paid work.
She has learnt more about psychology and science from volunteering than in any lecture theatre – all the while making the world a better place.