The Next Generation Youth Forum aims to inspire students to be part of the next generation of leaders in their communities.
Participating students come from independent, government and Catholic schools across Victoria – including schools from La Trobe's local community in Melbourne's north as well as from the eastern and western suburbs and regional areas.
La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the Next Generation Youth Forum was one example of La Trobe's commitment to tackling the big issues of the future.
'La Trobe has a long and proud history of inspiring and passionate staff, with students and graduates striving to make a difference,' Professor Dewar said.
'We are committed to working with young people and giving them every opportunity to excel and to develop their leadership skills; the Next Generation Youth Forum has a strong role to play in inspiring these young people.'
Michael Faulks, a current La Trobe student, is one of the organisers of the Forum.
'This forum is organised and run by La Trobe students for high school students,' Mr Faulks said.
'It allows student leaders to come together to discuss social justice issues. It's also the perfect opportunity to encourage the leaders of the next generation and empower them to make a positive difference in the future.'
The keynote address will be given by Sebastian Robertson, the Founder and CEO of BATYR, an organisation that aims to educate young people on the stigmas surrounding mental health illness.
Most schools are represented by 10 to 20 students from years 10, 11 and 12. The students are nominated to attend by their school.
What: Next Generation Youth Forum
When: Friday 23 May, 2014, 8.00am-2.15pm
Where: John Scott Meeting House,La Trobe University, Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora
Media times: morning tea break 10.30-11am or lunch break 12-12.45pm.
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