Melbourne students unite for Youth Humanitarian Festival

Wednesday 3 September 2014

The square Swinburne logo on the west side of the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre building in Hawthorn.

‌Students from Swinburne, Deakin and La Trobe universities have united to organise the Youth Humanitarian Festival (YHF), a event designed to give young social innovators the tools to tackle local, national and international issues of social justice.

The two day event will involve workshops and lectures from industry professionals, including:

  • Moira Kelly, founder of Children First
  •  Zoe Condliffe, project manager and founder of Mayibuye Cambodia
  • Matt Mudlin, CEO of Servants Community Housing
  • Roscoe Howell, Public officer of Slavery Links Australia
  • Chantelle Baxter, of One Girl
  • Matthew Benetti, marketing & partnership manager for online crowd sourcing website  Pozible
  • Margaret Quixley, Founder of young Opportunities Australia. 

The festival will also feature local entertainment, education, and volunteering opportunities. 

Festival organiser and Swinburne alumna Liz Rodriguez said:   “Earlier this year a few of the YHF team members and myself were given the opportunity to travel to Cambodia and see firsthand the positive impact that humanitarian aid efforts were having on people’s lives . We learnt so much there, and I think we just knew that we had to find a way to bring this knowledge back with us and share it with our whole generation.

“The fact is that being in Australia, and being a part of this connected and globally aware generation means that we are in a position where we can make a positive impact and change the world. Our goal with the YHF is to inspire and empower young people to become agents of positive social change”.

The Youth Humanitarian Festival will be held at the Swinburne Hawthorn campus on September 13 -14. The event has been organised by student volunteers and is a 100 per cent not-for-profit , all of the profits will go to the Mayibuye Cambodia foundation.

Check out the Youth Humanitarian website for more information and tickets

Read more about Liz Rodriguez here