Tiana Sixsmith isn’t your ordinary teenager. On top of currently completing her Year 12 studies, Tiana is an active NOVO Youth Council member, plays in a band, dances and works two part time jobs.
And adding to her already outstanding list of achievements, and with support from Council’s Youth Support Program, she has recently been selected by UN Youth Australia to attend the 2017 National Conference in Perth next week.
Over the course of a week, Tiana will join over 100 of the brightest young leaders from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific for a week of workshops, debate, skill-building, and networking and learn from experts in international relations, participate in interactive workshops and formally debate questions of global importance.
Assigned to represent Uzbekistan, Tiana said she was most looking forward to developing her leadership capabilities at an event designed specifically for young people.
“This is such an incredible opportunity to increase my awareness of and ability to contribute to a wide variety of important global issues.
“I’ve always been passionate about world issues, like working towards peace and eradicating poverty, but I hadn’t focused much on environmental issues like energy conservation. So learning about how third world countries have been left behind in that area is going to be really interesting.”
Council’s Youth Support Co-ordinator Kane Sparks the Youth Program didn’t hesitate to offer support to get Tiana to the conference.
“There were more than 500 applications from Victoria alone, and Tiana was just one of 10 selected to represent our state,” Mr Sparks said.
“She flew through the rigorous three-stage selection process, which included an online questioner, Skype interview and group meet and greet with UN delegates in Melbourne, and we’d be hard pressed to find a better representative for Swan Hill. Well done, Tiana.”
Now in its 56th year, the UN Youth Australia’s National Conference Conference is one of the oldest and most prestigious youth events in the country.
The 2017 event will see delegates explore the theme of ‘The Innovation Revolution’. Over the course of the week, attendees will learn about how technology and new ideas have shaped the way in which communities interact with each other.
They will explore the impact of technological advancements on human security, cyber security and the environment, whilst being empowered to advocate for the most vulnerable communities who have been left behind by the digital age.
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