Today, 140 young people from across the state came together to set the themes of the first youth-led campaign addressing inclusion in NSW. In his role as the Minister responsible for youth, Ray Williams opened the IDEATION 2017 – Create Your Campaign event as part of Youth Week.

“Nothing is more critical to ensuring long-term community harmony than listening to the voices of our young people,” Mr Williams said. “In NSW we unite in celebrating our diversity, but we know there are real challenges when it comes to inclusion and identity.” IDEATION delegates ranged between 12 and 24 years old and represented the diversity of young people in NSW.

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At the event, participants heard other young people’s experiences of inclusion in NSW and from several leading experts in producing social change campaigns. Participants then took part in working sessions to inform the themes for a campaign on inclusion.

Nineteen year-old Declan Drake from Inverell acted as a co-master of ceremonies at IDEATION 2017. Mr Drake is also the Chair of the NSW Youth Advisory Council. “Children and young people want to do more to increase inclusion in NSW. Today at IDEATION we had the opportunity to be part of the solution,” Mr Drake said.

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Ambassador Apajok Biar spoke at the forum. “IDEATION is a fantastic opportunity for us to get together, speak to one another and create solutions for young people, by young people,” Ms Biar said.

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