Day 1 of the Good Childhood Conference 2013 wrapped with a youth panel consisting of four young people, all of whom work actively in areas relating to youth affairs and leadership. Facilitated by UN Youth Representative 2012, Dan Ryan, the panelists discussed issues related to modern childhoods from their own experiences and work, and answered various questions posed by Dan and the audience. The panel was made up of:
- Marlee-Alice Gorman of the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) who’s been described as “the most compassionate speaker Parliament House has ever seen”.
- Sarah Faithful of the Young & Well Cooperative Research Centre, Youth Brains Trust, who is interested in utilising technology to improve mental health and well-being in young people.
- Crystal Goetz, A Mirabel Foundation Youth Ambassador, who is passionate about a world that is fair for all.
- And, Linh Do, a Melbourne-based social change advocate.
The panelists spoke eloquently and honestly about their interests, passions and opinions regarding topics facing youth today:
- On the (often negative) perceptions of youth in society the panelists all agreed “I’m gonna defy this stereotype of me”,
- In regards to the boundaries that young people face Crystal argued that “You need to be allowed to make bad decisions”,
- And, when asked what they would tell their 10 year old self if they had the chance, Marlee summed it up perfectly saying “What the other kids think about me doesn’t matter”.
There was united consensus among the panel on the notion of treating young people as equals and a strong belief in the idea that anyone is able to change the world.
Connect with the organisations or young people on Twitter:
Victorian SRC @VicSRC // Young & Well CRC @yawcrc // Mirabel Foundation @MirabelFndation // Linh Do @lmdo
Post written by a youth blogger from SYN Media.