Dianella’s David Castalenelli to take part in Hong Kong youth exchange program


Lo Tsz, Tehani Savu, Raphael Parvin, Sara Shengeh, Chiang Wan Sun, Kiki Hung, Desmond Ng, Brittany Smeed, Samuel Kitchen, Yin Sze Long, Emma-Lee Foy, Chen Chung Miu, Leung Weii Shan, David Castelanelli. Picture: Giovanni Torre
Lo Tsz, Tehani Savu, Raphael Parvin, Sara Shengeh, Chiang Wan Sun, Kiki Hung, Desmond Ng, Brittany Smeed, Samuel Kitchen, Yin Sze Long, Emma-Lee Foy, Chen Chung Miu, Leung Weii Shan, David Castelanelli. Picture: Giovanni Torre

DIANELLA resident and youth public speaker David Castalenelli will jet off to Hong Kong for the first time as part of an International Youth Exchange Program next year.

Seven young people aged between 18 and 24 from Hong Kong are in Perth this week for the exchange program.

The program is an initiative by the State Government and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

Mr Castalenelli (18), a former Chisholm Catholic College head boy, said he felt privileged to be selected alongside students of a “phenomenal calibre”.

“It was really exciting to meet other young people who are so ambitious themselves and who are 18 or 19 of age,” he said.

“Even though we come from different cultures, we really connected over the passion we have for working with youth and the community and the passion we have for learning new things from each others’ cultures.”

The Curtin University student said the program blended well with school workshops he conducted through his start-up company, Alpha-Motivation.

“Mainly it is about providing young people with confidence and motivation to get the ambition to go above and beyond, especially kids that are not so engaged or do not really want to be at school and need something extra to push them,” he said.

He said he was excited for the Hong Kong trip in February 2017.

“I am looking forward to the innovative stuff that they have in Hong Kong in terms of their technology to their leadership styles and types of events they are running over there,” he said.

Community Services Minister Paul Miles said the opportunity to experience another culture was “invaluable”.

“These young people chosen to travel to Hong Kong next year have shown themselves to be extremely conscientious and active members of their communities,” he said.

The West Australian delegates will travel to Hong Kong from February 6-13, 2017.