Next Generation Youth Forum 2015

High achieving secondary students are attending La Trobe University for a series of leadership workshops lead by some of the country's most inspiring leaders in social justice.

La Trobe University is welcoming nearly 400 secondary school students from across Victoria for the annual Next Generation Youth Forum.

Providing Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to hear from key influencers committed to social justice, the inspiring forum encourages young students to become the pioneers of our next generation.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar says the incredible line up of speakers will engage students and empower them to make a valued contribution to society.

"The Next Generation Youth Forum is about encouraging young people to have the confidence to have a go and succeed at making a difference in their communities.

"We are committed to giving students opportunities to excel and learn. La Trobe has a proud history of our graduates striving to make a difference.'

Current La Trobe student and event manager, Alisha said the forum was a great opportunity for students who wanted to actively engage with their community and develop leadership qualities.

"The youth of today want to make a difference and leave their mark to make the world a better place and this forum gives students the chance to become inspired by the exchange of ideas," Alisha said.

Speakers at the forum include Chantelle Baxter, Co-founder of One Girl - the organisation dedicated to giving one million girls across Africa access to education by 2020. Ms Baxter is recognised as one of her generation's most influential women under 30.

Australian Paralympian and La Trobe student Ahmed Kelly will also be presenting on the day sharing his inspiring story about overcoming adversity. Born with disabilities in all four limbs, Ahmed spent his early childhood in an Iraqi orphanage until he was brought to Australia for medical treatment.

Having tried his hand at a range of sport, Ahmed discovered his love for swimming and is currently training hard for the next Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

A number of powerful speakers will also be presenting on the day including, Thomas King from SayNoToPalmOil.com, Hunter Johnson from Foundation for Young Australians and Olivia Green from youth mental health advocacy organisation Batyr.

Media Contact: Catherine Garrett 9479 6565

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