Voice of Youth Rings Loud and Clear

issue1616-unyaCongratulations to Breteil David (Year 7), Isabella Cordaro (Year 7) and Claire Shi (Year 9) who represented PLC Sydney at the State Semi Finals of the United Nations Youth Assembly’s Voice of Youth (UNYA) competition. The girls pitched big ideas and spoke purposefully at the Law Faculty of University of Sydney. 

At the end of Term 3, 13 PLC Sydney students from Years 7–10 participated in the UNYA. From this, three PLC Sydney students were selected to compete in the State Semi Finals.

The State Semi Finals took place Saturday 15 October 2016 at the Law Faculty of University of Sydney. PLC Sydney students pitched big ideas and spoke purposefully providing innovative solutions to issues such as access to education, cyberbullying, climate change, indigenous concerns and medical concerns. Year 7 students Breteil David and Isabella Cordaro in the Junior Division along with Claire Shi (Year 9) in the Senior Division. Laurel Lu (Year 10) was unable to attend due to being overseas on exchange.


The UNYA speaking event is a unique competition which requires students to voice responses to problems that affect their community, nation and the world, providing innovative solutions to issues such as access to education, cyberbullying, climate change, indigenous concerns and medical concerns. 


Lynette Hawkey
Speech Faculty

Clair Shi (Year 9)

On Saturday 15 October, I attended the Semi Finals of the UN Youth NSW Voice Competition, at the University of Sydney. I participated in the senior division, which included around 30 students from Years 9–10. 

The competition had two parts. Part one required a five minute proposal and solution on one of the given social issues, that ranged from sexploitation in the sporting industry to the education gap in Australia and interfaith dialogue. Part two was an impromptu round where we were given two minutes to answer two questions about our chosen issue, with one minute to prepare.

It was an extremely rewarding experience as I was able to listen to intriguing solutions and ideas of others my age. Some of the most unique proposals included giving young people double voting power and organising interschool bonding associations.

The UN Youth Voice Competition not only provided me with the opportunity to share my ideas but also opened my eyes (and ears) to the important ideas of other young people. I realised that youth can make a difference in our society.

Image (from back left): The Regional speaking round held at PLC Sydney with UNYA panelists. Jessica Davies, Heloise Arraj (obscured), Jessica Wang, Penelope Yee, Laurel Lu, Annelise Giezecamp, Sophia King, Natalie Lambropoulos, Claire Shi, Isabella Cordaro, Chanel Chamoun, Charlotte Guest.


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