Alan­nah Asia bound


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed

There is no doubt Shep­par­ton’s Alan­nah Perry will make an im­pact on the world.

The Year 11 Notre Dame Col­lege stu­dent was re­cently one of 16 se­lected from 400 youth to at­tend UN Youth Aus­tralia’s Emerg­ing Lead­ers Pro­gram.

The pro­gram sees the 16 stu­dents at­tend an over­seas trip to Asia on an 18-day tour to learn about the shift­ing par­a­digms in the glob­alised world.

Alan­nah said she be­came in­volved with UN Youth Aus­tralia af­ter at­tend­ing a Vic­to­rian Youth Con­fer­ence ear­lier this year.

With about 200 stu­dents in at­ten­dance, Alan­nah signed up to the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mail­ing list.

Run en­tirely by youth, UN Youth Aus­tralia is an ed­u­ca­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to talk about global af­fairs as well as mat­ters that af­fect young peo­ple through­out the coun­try and the world.

Alan­nah said she ap­plied for the pro­gram along with 400 other stu­dents, and went through three stages to be se­lected for the camp.

Just one of two re­gional Vic­to­rian stu­dents se­lected, Alan­nah said the group had al­ready been chat­ting via so­cial me­dia and was ea­ger to take off on New Year’s Eve this year.

Vis­it­ing Ja­pan, South Korea and China, Alan­nah said they would reach out to dif­fer­ent groups along the way to dis­cuss global mat­ters.

‘‘For ex­am­ple last year they did a Europe trip and while they were there they got to meet with a far right group,’’ she said.

The life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence brings to­gether like-minded stu­dents who are all pas­sion­ate about mak­ing pos­i­tive change, ei­ther glob­ally or within their own com­mu­ni­ties.

Alan­nah has al­ready worked to­ward change in her own com­mu­nity of Shep­par­ton, hav­ing joined the Light­house Project’s youth ad­vi­sory ta­ble ear­lier this year.

And the 17-year-old has big dreams of us­ing the skills de­vel­oped for her fu­ture ca­reer path­way.

‘‘I want to work in international re­la­tions or do some kind of diplo­macy work,’’ she said.

‘‘I’d love to work for an international or­gan­i­sa­tion like Amnesty International or the United Na­tions.’’

Alan­nah is work­ing to­wards rais­ing $5000 for the pro­gram, which will cover her flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­port, some cater­ing, travel in­surance and all ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘I am look­ing for spon­sors, but any­thing I don’t get I’ll cover my­self,’’ she said. ● If you would like to spon­sor Alan­nah on her jour­ney, phone her father Roger Perry on 0437 541 078.

Rapt: Shep­par­ton’s Alan­nah Perry will head to Asia as part of the UN Youth’s Emerg­ing Lead­ers ini­tia­tive.

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