Youth lead­ers dis­cuss is­sues

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LEAD­ERS of to­mor­row from Ar­madale and Gos­nells talked drugs, ed­u­ca­tion, men­tal health and vi­o­lence at a youth lead­er­ship fo­rum re­cently.

Two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Carey Bap­tist Col­lege, John Calvin Chris­tian Col­lege, Lu­men Christi Col­lege and Ar­madale, Har­ris­dale, Kelm­scott and Thorn­lie se­nior high schools met Burt MHR Matt Keogh to dis­cuss their big­gest con­cerns and how these could be ad­dressed.

Mr Keogh said the is­sues and so­lu­tions dis­cussed at the fo­rum had been com­piled into a youth lead­er­ship re­port which he would present to Premier Mark McGowan, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull and Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten.

“It was in­ter­est­ing to see how stu­dents iden­ti­fied sim­i­lar ar­eas of con­cern and showed great in­sight into the causes and ef­fects of such is­sues,” he said.

Ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing was at the heart of the stu­dents’ con­cerns, with the stu­dents high­light­ing the need for prop­erly funded schools and fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion and ad­ver­tis­ing pro­grams to com­bat drug ad­dic­tion, tackle the stigma of men­tal health and ad­dress youth crime and vi­o­lence.

John Calvin Chris­tian Col­lege teacher Bren­dan Pitlo said the fo­rum had been an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to ex­press their con­cerns di­rectly to their rep­re­sen­ta­tive and the stu­dents re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to be heard.

Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum par­tic­i­pants with Burt MHR Matt Keogh.

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