ELEVEN northern suburbs high schools came together on Friday to discuss issues affecting youth regardless of their background.
Sacred Heart College in Sorrento hosted the Teen Connect Youth Forum that explored how young people can have a voice in issues and can work together to address them.
Schools attending were Australian Islamic, Edmund Rice, Irene McCormack Catholic, Mercy, Prendiville Catholic and Servite colleges, Girrawheen Senior High School and John Septimus Roe, Peter Moyes and St Mark’s Anglican community schools.
The forum was organised and facilitated by the students ranging from years 8 to 12, with guests including Mental Health Commission’s acting commissioner David Axworthy, Commissioner for Children and Young People’s commissioner Colin Pettit and principal policy officer Krista Dunstan and Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Steel.
Sacred Heart College social justice co-ordinator Rossana Hywood said the students “put in a huge effort outside of school” to organise the event that had “a great range of activities”.
“We invited the commissioners and guests from Edith Cowan University, The Smith Family and Centrecare so that members of the community could hear about the things that are important to young people and what challenges they are facing,” she said.
“The students really enjoyed collaborating with other schools and sharing their experiences and ideas.”
The forum was the result of a round table conversation in 2016 with then WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan and four Sacred Heart College students who were inspired to find ways for young people to be included in decision-making about issues that effect young people in WA.