Expo first of its kind in WA


Sacha Kaluri, students Izabella Moyses and Mathew Barfield and Sonya Karras. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d451663
Sacha Kaluri, students Izabella Moyses and Mathew Barfield and Sonya Karras. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d451663

More than 38,000 young people in Victoria have experienced Australian Teenage Expo, an incursion staged by youth motivators and co-ordinated by Year 12 students.

Eastern Hills was one of two WA schools to win a $10,000 grant from the Department of Education and Training to hold the event.

Student councillors managed the day of whole-school activities for more than 1000 students on Wednesday.

The students organised a fringe festival, sports activities, foods and other side stalls to complement the expo, co-founded by youth coaches Sacha Kaluri and Sonya Karras.

They invited neighbouring schools, education specialists and careers advisors, and liased with wellbeing youth services to provide information on the day.

Mrs Kaluri said the event focused on respect for self and others on a multitude of platforms including online activity and use of social media.

“The more information young people have about how to improve self esteem, the better choices they make to have a more fulfilling life,” Mrs Karras said.

“Everything we do has an element of fun, the day for us is most importantly about how to engage with young people to make a difference.

“We want students to leave feeling good about themselves and know they can achieve anything.”

The motivational speakers addressed lower and upper school students in two separate presentations.

Mrs Karras said through activities, teenagers learn how to choose a career, how to stay safe while partying, and to respect individuality by allowing themselves to achieve the best outcome in life.

The event was filmed, photographed and organised by students and those involved in the making of the expo received a certificate.

Students from other schools in WA are able to access the expo’s online directory.

For more information, visit www.teenageexpo.com.au .