Stereo­types smashed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

ADEHLIA Ebert is en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to break through the stereo­types that de­pict them as lazy.

Speak­ing dur­ing Na­tional Youth Week, the Kensington res­i­dent and UWA pol­i­tics and Ital­ian stu­dent (20) said the neg­a­tive la­bels that mil­len­ni­als were some­times tagged with were harm­ful.

“That stereo­type is not what I see; I don’t know where it’s com­ing from be­cause I know young peo­ple who have done great things, like set­ting up not-for-profit (or­gan­i­sa­tions),” she said.

“It can be a bar­rier and self­ful­fill­ing prophecy be­cause you can doubt your­self but it’s im­por­tant to over­come that and reach what you are ca­pa­ble of.”

Ms Ebert com­pleted a three-month in­tern­ship with the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award or­gan­i­sa­tion in Fe­bru­ary, or­gan­ised by the McCusker Cen­tre for Cit­i­zen­ship.

“The cen­tre wanted to get peo­ple on board and I thought it was re­ally cool, I wanted to do an in­tern­ship to help out with my ca­reer,” she said.

“The Duke of Ed­in­burgh helps young peo­ple to pre­pare them for the fu­ture by gain­ing skills in dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing sport­ing, com­mu­nity ser­vice or ad­ven­tures.

“I’m happy to work with young peo­ple, I’ve com­pleted some vol­un­teer­ing with Teach Learn Grow, which sends tu­tors to dis­ad­van­taged schools.”

Ms Ebert said she wrote a pol­icy doc­u­ment for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s vol­un­teers and re­cruited peo­ple to help run the awards.

“Pre­vi­ously the onus was on schools to run the awards but it was a bar­rier be­cause you might not have teach­ers with the time to do it,” she said.

“The in­tern­ship also helped me with my prob­lem solv­ing; I made mis­takes but I was able to learn from it.”

Ms Ebert said she was study­ing pol­i­tics and Ital­ian to gain a bet­ter per­spec­tive.

“When you watch the news, you can un­der­stand why coun­tries are do­ing things, you can see through them and un­der­stand their mo­ti­va­tion,” she said.

“I want to be a diplo­mat or bar­ris­ter, I’m go­ing to study law once I’ve fin­ished my cur­rent course.

“Diplo­macy has al­ways fas­ci­nated me; we live in such a glob­alised world but when you look at Amer­ica, there is a push against it. Borders are be­com­ing less im­por­tant and so peo­ple are get­ting scared and so you see re­ac­tions like (with) im­mi­gra­tion. It’s all about a fear of change.”

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