The Uluru Youth Dialogue Ambassadors. (Image credit: The Uluru Dialogue)
An extraordinary event will take place at Barangaroo, Sydney on Gadigal Land next week involving Australia’s most passionate and dedicate young leaders.
The Uluru Youth Dialogue has partnered with UNICEF Australia, Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia) to host the Hands on Heart Youth Voice National Conference from 24th-27th August.
This conference is a fantastic opportunity for young people (aged 18-30) from all walks of life to come together with First Nations young leaders of the Uluru Youth Dialogue (based at University of NSW), to learn and activate towards a successful referendum on the Voice.
The Conference will achieve three key outcomes: education, activation and connection. Various organisations were invited to nominate up to five young people connected to their group to take part in the Hands on Heart Youth Voice National Conference.
The organisations to have taken up the call so far include Lendlease Australia (Financial sponsor and Conference Partner), UNICEF Australia (Conference Partner), Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network - Australia (Conference Partner) and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (Conference Partner).
Organisations who are financially supporting young people to attend the Conference include: UNICEF Australia, MYAN (Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network), SSI, Alex, ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth), NTCOSS (Northern Territory Council of Social Service), Y Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Wattle Fellowship (The University of Melbourne), ReachOut Australia, The Y NSW, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, Law Reform and Social Justice Hub (Australian National University) and Melaleuca Australia.
"Bringing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people who are fierce supporters of the Voice together in one place has been a vision that Allira and I have had since starting the Uluru Youth Dialogue,” said Bridget Cama, Wiradjuri woman and Co-Chair of the Uluru Youth Dialogue.
“We are excited to see that vision come true next week when we bring approximately 100 young people from all different backgrounds, faiths and locations across the nation together in Barangaroo on Gadigal Land.
“I am excited because this gathering is really what the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart is all about; asking our fellow Australians to walk with us for something better. A better nation and a better future. Young people are the biggest supporters when it comes to the Voice and we are also crucial to educating and sharing the message and information of what the Voice and referendum is all about.
“We have the ability to break down generational barriers. We want positive change and are proactive in achieving that. We want to leave a better Australia than we inherited, for our futures and future generations to come."
Allira Davis, Cobble Cobble woman and Co-Chair Uluru Youth Dialogue said the conference will be the perfect way for young leaders to learn how to contribute directly to achieving a “yes” result at the upcoming Constitutional Referendum.
“Hands On Heart will involve strategy sessions for preparing our referendum campaign with our allies and ensuring that we are all on the same page and that we can inform and educate our communities,” she said.
When: Thursday 24th August to Sunday 27th August
Where: International Towers, Barangaroo, NSW, Gadigal land