Youth join forces to celebrate cultural diversity
THE AWARD-winning program Gladstone Youth for Cultural Diversity is run by young members of society and facilitated by Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours.
With more than 200 members, the program has proved to be successful in uniting students from various different cultural backgrounds to meet one goal, cultural diversity inclusion.
GYCD founding member and Chanel College Year 12 student Milton Redshaw said the idea of a youth program began at a WIN forum which discussed how racism and discrimination can affect people.
"We created the program and objectives and goals we wanted to accomplish," he said.
"We didn't expect to come as far as it has come and it has been amazing the response we have gotten.
"The team is great, they are all hard workers committed to producing a positive outcome.
"I believe the program has started to make a difference not only within the schools but also within the community.
"It's a big motivator knowing we are doing something that will benefit the community and influencing people to be more aware and accepting of cultural diversity and multiculturalism."
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours director Natalia Muszkat said she was amazed at how successful the program was.
"It's fantastic the youth of Gladstone are banding together to reach a number of objectives," she said.
"We are really proud of the students and hope they continue their great advocacy work within the community."