Inspiring future leaders
WA is home to some talented young people from diverse cultural backgrounds. If the recent Catalyst Youth Summit is anything to go by, our State’s young guns are stepping up to the challenge of leading change for the better in their communities!
46 delegates aged 18 – 25 from WA gathered in Perth for the summit that brought multicultural young people together to talk about issues important to them, work collaboratively to create solutions and have the opportunity to speak directly with politicians and other decision makers.
Over 25 different countries of birth were represented amongst the 46 delegates.
The barrier of distance can often mean people living in regional areas miss out on being represented in forums like these – and this is where Lotterywest grants were able to help.
An Organisational development grant to the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) supported the travel and accommodation costs for 13 young delegates from Katanning, Broome, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury and the South West of WA, to go to the Perth Summit.
The program included inspirational guest speakers, team building activities, networking games and a panel session to upskill delegates on how to speak to politicians.
The final day of the conference gave the young guns the chance to use their new found skills by addressing 11 State and Federal politicians and other leading decision makers in both the Government and the community sectors.
According to Lianda Gibson, of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) WA, the positive momentum for action generated by the Summit, has continued for the delegates;
“A great example is the Young Refugees of Western Australia Facebook page created by a delegate which shares positive images of culturally diverse young people to shift attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers.
“We also collected personal pledges for commitments to action from the delegates that will be emailed to them in six months’ time. For example one young person said that they wanted to volunteer their time to mental health services to increase multicultural awareness.”
“They all had so much fun that they didn’t’ want it to end!”