Fight of a six-year-old girl

Words by Steph, 26 VIC  This piece was the winner of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022. The indignation of a six-year-old girl is truly something to be reckoned with. Sandwiched into the middle, back seat of the family car, my older brothers’ knees rammed into my thighs, is when I first discovered my innate…

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The blueprint for the future

Presentation by Marama, 26 NSW This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022.   Illustration by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenetc

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Coping

Artwork and Words by Wren, 19 ACT  This article contains themes about mental health, anxiety and depression which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14 This piece was a finalist of the…

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Migrants in Australia – an untapped potential

Words by Rohanti, 29 SA  This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2022. According to the 2020 statistics published by ABS, 30% of the Australian population were born overseas and an estimated 61.2% of this population are aged between 18 and 34 years. That’s 4.65 million migrants.[1] [2] On average, these…

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Embodied Activism

Words by Brianna, 24 QLD  This article contains themes of mental health and eating disorders which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. Lifeline – 13…

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What a Time to be Alive

Instagram screen shots of barriers to employment

Digital artwork by Julianna, 26 VIC This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. I  like to use Instagram. I discovered the abilities of sharing quick Instagram stories which act for me like ‘time capsule memories.’ The phone screen becomes like a digital art canvas for my musings, quotes and photography.…

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The Top Ten Lies your Careers Counsellor Told You

Lady Talking with speech bubble of a cross and exclamation mark about employment

Words by Brianna, 21 QLD This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. 1. You have three pathways after leaving high school. The first is to go to university.   A degree in anything will earn you millions of dollars. (Please note: this option is only available to students with an ATAR…

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Side Effects May Include

Side Effects May include - Artist Submission

Submission by Julia. 24 VIC This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. Artist Statement: – ‘I created this piece to highlight the impact that mental health can have on maintaining meaningful employment. As a young person who suffers from depression and anxiety, as well as chronic pain, I have a…

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A Young Australian’s Voice

Recording & Words by Imogen, 21 VIC This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. In this audio piece, Imogen responds to the numerous employment barriers young people face today, including what it feels like to be part of the first graduating class to be entering the Australian workforce during a…

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The Interview

The Interview - WhyNot Blog Article

Words by Hardeep, 28 NSW This piece was the Winner of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. The tapping of the receptionist’s acrylic nails is making my nerves jump. I made it twenty minutes early and am now sitting on a navy sofa in my tight pencil skirt, watching people race back and forth like…

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