Youth leaders discuss issues
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.