NT Youth Round Table Members announced for 2022
2022 will mark Territory Families, Housing and Communities 25th NT Youth Round Table Committee and we are proud to announce that it has been the most successful recruitment to date. Since its inception in 1997, more than 350 round table members have been involved in numerous activities, committees and projects.
This year the Committee comprises of 18 young people from around the Territory who will be actively involved to provide input on the development of government policies, programs and services. These young people are advocates for the climate, gender diversity, mental health and disabilities and no doubt will achieve incredible results during their time as members of the NT Youth Round Table.
Representing Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Palmerston and Darwin; the Youth Round Table members will each lead a community-based project throughout their 12-month term.
The 2022 Youth Round Table members are:
- Connie-Anne Shaw, 23, Alice Springs;
- Isla Hooper, 19, Alice Springs;
- Jordon Humphreys, 16, Alice Springs;
- Paddy van der Geest-Hester, 15, Alice Springs
- Alexander Storey, 21, Darwin
- Alicia Kuroda-Metin, 16, Darwin
- Hajrah Kamran, 18, Darwin
- Kyle Bambra, 20, Darwin
- Shanae Kuo, 22, Darwin
- Upani Muthumala, 16, Darwin
- Akeelah Cowen, 23, Katherine
- Tayloraye Bailey, 21, Katherine
- Cecilia Afeaki, 17, Nhulunbuy
- Michael Gadingura Yunupingu, 23, Nhulunbuy
- Jahdai Vigona, 20, Palmerston & Rural
- Kyle Lachlan, 22, Palmerston & Rural
- Azra Zendelji, 25, Tennant Creek
- Boyd Cook, 17, Tennant Creek
The first gathering will be held in early March 2022 and will feature team building activities, professional development workshops and consultation sessions on important topics that impact young Territorians.
Michael Gadingura Yunupingu has this to say about being selected for the NT Youth Round Table 2022:
"I think NT youth need to feel confident in their future. They need to see they can be great leaders, be successful or be good role models; and have a future no matter where they are from or who they are. Identifying talent as early as possible through community-led programs (like the one we have), is a way for community elders, leaders and role models, teachers, youth workers and other supporting people to listen to the young people in our community, and guide them through a positive and healthy pathway that balances two worlds (Yolngu & Non-Yolngu). They don't need to go elsewhere to realise their own potential and succeed in their dreams and aspirations. Young voices and role models are still not heard enough, especially voices in small communities like mine. I want to keep learning more and give back knowledge I have learnt in my life to the wider community. I am ready, the NT Youth Round Table is a good place to progress."
Check out the member bios and more information on NT Youth Round table here.