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A forum of ideas on how young people can lead social change will be hosted by YFS’ R4Respect and Griffith University on Friday 15th July from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The event is designed around open discussions on how youth can be a driving force in the promotion of respectful and non-violent relationships among young people by engaging them through digital communication and community events.

It will be held at Griffith University’s Logan Campus and officially opened by Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and for Small Business, Leeanne Enoch.

The forum also aims to provide a platform for young people to exchange their voices, views and perspectives and highlight their role in the Logan community and today’s society.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn new ways to support young people in achieving social change and will hear more about:

  • Youth participation models for change
  • How these youth participation models work
  • Methods to assess the level of participation by young people
  • How they can promote more youth engagement in their organisations or community

Along with #R4Respect Youth Ambassadors the forum will feature guest speakers from other organisations including Millie Anthony (QLD Grassroots Campaign coordinator) and Larissa Baldwin (Seed National Co-director) from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and Tim LoSurdo from Oaktree.

YFS CEO Cath Bartolo said the forum will address important topics for young people, looking to encourage their participation in local initiatives.

“We’re very happy to provide an open space that enables young people to achieve their highest potential, engage with the community and make their own choices,” she said.

Youth Ambassador Jennifer Uwineza said she wants to see more young people joining R4Respect and working together in the development of their youth participation model.

“We will always face challenges, but we can all be agents of change. This is a wonderful opportunity for our voices to be heard,” said Ms Uwineza.

#R4Respect is YFS’ domestic violence prevention and education strategy for young people aged 12 to 24 in Logan. Its main focus is to prevent violence before it occurs.

To join the campaign, young people can follow R4Respect on Facebook or on Twitter – @R4Respect.

#R4Respect is proudly supported by the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative. The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) program forms part of the Advance Queensland initiative, helping to create partnerships to exchange skills and ideas to inspire innovation.