'Be the Change' Youth Workshop 1

11am - 1pm, Sunday 17th April 2016

Monash University, Clayton

On Sunday 17th April 2016 workshop 1 of ‘Be the Change’ was held at Monash University. First launched in 2015 and having successfully conducted three workshops last year, ‘Be the Change’ is a series of youth leadership workshops for 12-17 year olds. In partnership with the Victorian state government, the series was coordinated by Hindu Youth Australia and VHP Victoria. The current workshop is the first in the series of three workshops scheduled for this year. Ms. Giselle Diego, a management consultant and vibrant facilitator who also had extensive experience with the UN association of Australia delivered these workshops.


Twenty secondary school students attended the two-hour workshop, engaging in a range of activities. The focus of workshop 1 was on asking the right questions and public speaking. The importance of framing the right question in a range of scenarios was demonstrated, with students then provided the opportunity to practice this. Interestingly, this made for an ideal transition into the public speaking component of the workshop. Participants were provided with abstract words, which needed to be turned into a story to practice their speaking skills. Students observed a range of different presentation styles by their peers. Each student received feedback.


A particular highlight for many of the students was the guest speaker - Ms. Nikita Singh, a young Indian and a lawyer with the Department of Defense, she spoke of her journey in discovering her identity, the richness of her heritage and her desire to see more Australian-Indian youth engage in the community and in social causes that can assist the disadvantaged. Young role models and guest speakers like Ms. Nikita Singh added depth to the ‘Be the Change’ series and future workshops also have guest speakers planned.


All students were provided with workshop manuals with take-home activities to further develop essential skills that are applicable in all aspects of their lives. The workshop concluded with presentation of completion certificates. Finally the day ended with a student favorite - pizza and sandwiches! Furthermore, they were able to enjoy the workshops in a friendly atmosphere where their peers can become friends.


HYA is committed to provide support to youth in their course and career planning, capability building as well as their parents in understanding the cultural and generational issues.


The second workshop is scheduled in July 2016. Attendance is by pre registration only and to register your interest email vhpvic@gmail.com or hya@vhp.org.au with details of student name and age.


Please click here to view the photos of the workshop.