Joining forces to combat issues

Kidzucate founder, Sian Williams with Matt Bonser, they are teaming up to hold a youth advocacy workshop. Picture: Emma Goodwin
Kidzucate founder, Sian Williams with Matt Bonser, they are teaming up to hold a youth advocacy workshop. Picture: Emma Goodwin

YOUNG leaders Sian Williams (Burns Beach) and Matt Bonser (Padbury) are teaming up for a youth advocacy event in Joondalup next week.

Sian (8), who founded the anti-bullying group Kidzucate with her mother Azelene, met Matt through the Pride of Australia awards last year, where she won a young leader medal and he was a finalist.

Their youth advocacy information session on June 10 will give people aged 14 to 25 opportunities to make their voices heard.

“Kidzucate’s objective is to provide community-based education dedicated to promote and protect the human rights of our youth,” Mrs Williams said.

“(It is also) the prevention or control of behaviours considered harmful or abusive to young people, such as emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, suicide, self-harm, substance abuse and harmful gambling.

“There is a direct link between bullying and domestic violence and part of the youth programs focus will be to research that link and deliver a paper with our findings in the next year.

“We are also looking for a grant or sponsorship towards this youth project, for them to be able to deliver harm prevention material, do research and sustain the program.”

The free session will be at the Joondalup Family Centre from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on June 10.

For more, call 0405 246 176.