NEWS Young Aust of the Year hopes award will fuel education cause- ABC
The new Young Australian of the Year, Hugh Evans, is planning a national tour to promote his work.
The 20-year-old set up Australia's first youth-run aid agency, the Oak Tree Foundation.
It has hundreds of volunteers, mainly in Victoria, who work to educate children in developing countries.
Mr Evans says he started his crusade after he spent time in the slums of the Philippines as a 14-year-old.
"People in the developing world - they know that education is the key, they know that's going to empower them," Mr Evans said.
"Australians also know that education is the key, so we want to provide for the educational opportunities for those in need.
"That's why Oak Tree, which has its focus on young people, is a powerful force, it's a powerful force."
He says young people want to make a difference.
"I get calls all the time and they say, 'Hugh, how can we get involved', and I just say to them 'you've got to take that first step'," he said.
"Once young people have an avenue in which they can make a difference, incredible stuff happens, it's unbelievable."