Kyzar Jing joins the Property Industry Foundation’s NSW Beneficiary Review Committee (BRC), bringing a lived experience of youth homelessness to the table.
After spending four and a half years in youth detention, Kyzar Jing has completely turned his life around and is employed at the Advocate for Children and Young People’s Office as a Lived Experience Adviser. Now, the 21-year-old is joining the Property Industry Foundation’s NSW BRC in reviewing charitable applications and recommending approval to our NSW Board of Advisors.
Kyzar endured a tough start in life – experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, and housing insecurity. During incarceration, he set his mind to improving his education, completing a range of vocational certificates, and becoming the first person in his family to complete the HSC. “My overall goal is to inspire people to overcome challenges of all types within their own lives,” says Kyzar. “I am also interested in learning; I truly believe to be successful you have to spend your life continually learning.”
A passionate and committed advocate for awareness and change of the systemic issues affecting vulnerable young people, Kyzar will make a valuable contribution to the NSW BRC. “I wanted to join the NSW BRC because the mission of the Foundation hits close to home, as I have lived experience from a young age of the very issue that is trying to be solved,” he says. “I know my lived experience makes me a valuable asset to the NSW BRC because I bring a different perspective; a perspective of understanding the truth of the hardships some young people endure in this country.”
Based in Sydney, Kyzar is looking forward to sharing his story and offering insight into which charities we should be partnering with to deliver tangible impact on homeless youth. “I look forward to learning more, and I hope to bring more light to the issues affecting homeless youth by sharing my story; inspiring the Foundation’s community and highlighting how the correct support and stability in a young person’s life can make all the difference.”
“I hope to bring more light to the issues affecting homeless youth by sharing my story, by highlighting how the correct support and stability in a young person’s life can make all the difference.”
Kyzar believes all young people deserve the best possible start in life. “Support and safe housing are a necessity for the development of a young person. The stability that comes with these necessities gives young people the freedom to live as a young person, and not having to worry about the responsibilities that come with adulthood. It allows a young person to focus on what matters at their age: school, sport, friends and play.”
Ultimately, Kyzar hopes to inspire other kids doing it tough to reach for their goals. “My ultimate goals in life are to be financially free, so I can change the course of my family’s life forever. I also have a goal to create a legacy, a story that will be a beacon of hope for many generations to come.”
We warmly welcome Kyzar to the Property Industry Foundation family and the NSW BRC.