Three Griffith University students have been appointed as youth ambassadors in a new Logan-based initiative promoting healthy, non-violent relationships among young people.

The #R4Respect program, established by YFS, a non-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of services to the people of Logan, uses social media, online games, apps and school visits to connect with youth.

Andrew Taukolo is studying Criminology and Criminal Justice and plays in the Logan Redbacks rugby league team.

“I jumped at the opportunity to be an ambassador as I believe it will be a great platform for me to be seen as a positive role model for youth,’’ he said.

“The program aims to promote positive messages such as fairness and respect, valuing others as equals and challenging negative behaviours.

“I look forward to seeing the community and young people in particular, embrace this new initiative and the positive changes that it will bring.”

Bachelor of Human Services student Jerome Faraimo, also a Logan Redbacks player, said he felt there was a need for young people to reach out to other troubled youths in Logan.

“From my experience, these youths respond better to a younger person trying to help them rather than an older person.”

“I want to make a positive impact in my community and this program is an effective way to help others.”

For Jennifer Uwineza, a passion for fighting for those less fortunate and helping others is what drives her to succeed.

“I hope this campaign will promote positive relationships,’’ the Bachelor of Business student said.

“I hope it reaches out to young people who are facing violence within their families and friends to promote respectful relationships and really make a difference.”