A leader in the making


Urvi Aggarwal is one of 50 youths chosen to take part in the Catalyst Youth Summit this week. Picture:
Martin Kennealey
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Urvi Aggarwal is one of 50 youths chosen to take part in the Catalyst Youth Summit this week. Picture: Martin Kennealey d449212

CLARKSON student Urvi Aggarwal is one of 50 youths chosen to be part of a summit in Joondalup this week.

The Youth Affairs Council of WA is holding the three-day Catalyst Youth Summit for young people from migrant or refugee backgrounds at Edith Cowan University until Friday.

An aspiring doctor, Ms Aggarwal (21) was born in Nairobi and applied to be a delegate after hearing about the summit from a friend.

“I thought it would be good because I can learn more about issues that affect multicultural people,” she said. “The issues to be discussed will probably affect me and it’s something I’m passionate about – youth and issues that affect us.

“It probably sounds cheesy but I do believe that youth are the leaders of tomorrow.”

She will be part of a group researching and discussing refugee issues and said coming from a different background would be a benefit.

“I can relate more to the issues and it’s probably something I’ve experienced myself,” she said.

“I’m very excited about this and I’m going into it with an open mind.”

Youth Minister Tony Simpson will speak at the summit tomorrow and delegates will have the chance to speak directly with decision makers.

Organising committee member Wahida Samim said the aim was to facilitate awareness, leadership skills, confidence, tools and techniques to make changes.