NATIONAL HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE 2018
Elvis Martin is one of the passionate young leaders of Victoria advocating for social justice. He is currently the Ambassador of National Youth Commission Australia and RUOK?Day. His main focus is to support young people who are experiencing hardships in life and his areas of advocacy work include mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, suicide prevention and LGBTIQ+ community. He uses his platform to promote inclusion, diversity and equality for all.
SEP 2017 – YAG COMPASSION BOOTH
YAG held an event to coincide with International Day of Peace Non-Violence. The event saw members of the YAG host a Compassion Booth which promoted equality and compassion in our society and facilitated conversations about the issues that affect young people.
MY EXPERIENCE AS A YOUTH LEADER
It was an honour to be at the Australian Republic Movement Gala Dinner on July 29 2017. As a young leader I feel like my work is getting acknowledged. I have been involved with various Not for Profit organisations and councils and one of them the CHP (Council for Homeless People) gave me an opportunity to attend this Gala Dinner as a V.I.P young leader.
I got the opportunity to meet with many amazing people who are doing a great job to support vulnerable people in our community. A few of them were Gillian Triggs, Bill Shorten and many more. Amazing speeches were given which makes me feel incredibly proud of Australia. No words are enough to describe how proud I felt to receive the honour to attend this event.
(Written by Elvis Martin, Youth Leader, Cohealth Youth Advisory Committee (cYAC) representative and participant of cohealth YRR).
NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION INTERVIEW
Elvis was recently interviewed about how the National Youth Commission is sparking robust debate and conversation around how we can work together as a community, to tackle and solve problems impacting Melbourne’s youth. Elvis is passionate about the work the National Youth Commission is doing to educate and empower Melbourne youth. They are helping youth to equip themselves with education, qualifications and experience to build successful careers and make a difference in our community.
OPPORTUNITIES CHOICE & CHANGE
The Melbourne City Mission OCC 2017 Future Leaders Summit was a space for young people to engage in peer-to-peer learning focused on inclusion, belonging and social cohesion. The event was focused around empowering the next generation of global citizens. The event agenda was focused around the themes of Leadership and Advocacy, Marginalisation and Belonging, Employment, Discrimination and Bias. The event was a huge success.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Image Caption: The Youth Action Group in action at Flagstaff Gardens.
There was plenty of love in the Flagstaff Gardens on September 21.
Melbourne City Mission’s Youth Action Group (YAG) was out in force, reassuring passers-by that the world is a beautiful place but it can be improved with more compassion.
The “Compassion Booth” was established in recognition of International Day of Peace and Non-Violence and its 2017 theme “Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
Spokesperson Elvis Martin said the event was designed to spark conversation amongst Victoria’s youth.
“We’re encouraging understanding between diverse groups to inspire acts of compassion.” Mr Martin said.
He said the group had narrowed its focus to issues surrounding gender; race and culture; homelessness; indigenous rights; mental health & LGBTIQ+.
“We aspire to create a sense of unity within the community” Mr Martin said.
SLEEP AT THE ‘G
Elvis was privileged to be a guest speaker and campaign to end youth homelessness at the Sleep at the ‘G corporate breakfast. Over 1,500 Sleepers joined the Sleep at the ‘G cause on Thursday 17 May at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to help put youth homelessness to bed.
Ready to Make a Change?
If any of these social issues resonate with you, get ready to make big changes in your life and our community. Volunteer now!