Laura John  -  UN Youth Rep and Past College Co-Captain

Since graduating from Kilbreda in 2007, I have sustained a passionate interest in social justice and human rights. While studying a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law at Monash University, I volunteered with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the Oaktree Foundation. I also completed internships with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights First in New York.

I was appointed 2014 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations and spent the first five months of the year consulting with over 13,000 young Australians in every state and territory. I reported on my findings to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, speaking about the importance of good mental health, resilience and well-being for all young people.

The past year was the most challenging, enriching and rewarding experience of my life. My final report, Catching Dreams, Creating Change, targeted at all levels of government, outlines fifteen key policy recommendations to tackle the issues confronting Australia’s youth.

Following my term as Youth Representative, I was invited to rapporteur UNESCO’s 2nd World Conference on Global Citizenship Education in January 2015 in Paris. I am now working as a lawyer with Australian Government Solicitor in Canberra.

My journey has been influenced by the values of compassion, justice, strength and kindliness that Kilbreda instils in each young woman who walks through its gates.

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