Students’ chance to be heard

04 Jul 2017 • Progress Leader, Melbourne (General News)

HAWTHORN Secondary schools urged to enter competition which encourages young people’s views on making better world YOUNG people will once again have a chance to have their voices heard with the return of the Hawthorn Voices of a Generation competition.

The competition – started by Hawthorn state Liberal MP John Pesutto last year – is about celebrating the youths in his electorate and encouraging them to speak publicly on a topic “relevant to the future of our community and nation”.

Mr Pesutto said it was “amazing to listen to the eloquence, passion and wisdom of students from our local secondary schools when they are given the chance to have their say”.

“This initiative is so important because it encourages all students to believe in their individual potential to contribute to a better world.” This year’s topic is: “How can we ensure that all people are given the opportunity to maximise their potential to help build a caring, respectful and prosperous community?”

Secondary schools are being encouraged to send two finalists from each school, one to represent the Years 7-9 and one for Years 10-12.

The final of the competition is being held at the AMDC Building at Swinburne University of Technology on Thursday, July 27, and the panel of judges is comprised of Mr Pesutto, Crown Resorts general manager of community and charity Ann Peacock, Boroondara Mayor Phillip Healey, Camcare chief executive Jane Broadhead, Progress Leader editor Andre Awadalla and Swinburne University of Technology Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson.

Mr Pesutto said he wished all participants the best and looked forward to announcing the winners of the second Hawthorn Voices of a Generation in a few weeks.

Those interested in attending or learning more about Hawthorn Voices of a Generation can contact Mr Pesutto’s office on 9882 4088.

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