Yarra Ranges youth given opportunity to ‘Takeover Melbourne’

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The ABC and Council are calling on year 10 students (and those of equivalent age outside formal education) to share a story about their life through a new ABC initiative, the Takeover Melbourne Competition.

Takeover Melbourne creates a powerful platform for young Melburnians to be heard and to share their experiences, challenges and passions with the rest of the city.

Thirty-two winners (one from each local government area) will have their stories featured locally and nationally on the ABC and will attend the Takeover Melbourne Summit – a week of leadership development and money-can’t-buy experiences, empowering them to design a brighter future for their city.

The competition officially opens on 11 March 2020.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Richard Higgins, said the Takeover Melbourne Competition is a great opportunity for young people in the Yarra Ranges to help shape the future of their community.

“We want to provide a way for our young people to have their voice heard, and to support the development of them as future leaders who want to make a difference in their communities,” Cr Higgins said.

“It’s also a great opportunity for our young people to share the things that are important to them with the rest of greater Melbourne.”

Director of ABC Regional and Local, Judith Whelan, said the Takeover Melbourne Competition would empower young people to speak up about important issues.

“The ABC is opening its doors to the younger generation, to make sure their voices are heard and taken seriously on issues that affect them. Takeover is an exciting opportunity for the ABC to engage with communities across the city.”

“We are looking forward to seeing Takeover Melbourne provide real opportunities to the young people of Melbourne,” Ms Whelan said.

Entries can be submitted via the Takeover Melbourne website: abc.net.au/takeover.

The Takeover Melbourne Competition officially closes on 26 June 2020.

Those who are looking for support in developing their story can contact Council’s Youth Development team on 1300 368 333.

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