Laura John  -  Former UN Youth Rep | Counsel (Senior Lawyer)

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

In 2014 she was appointed as 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. Her findings were reported to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where she spoke about the importance of good mental health, resilience and well-being for all young people.

Following her term as Youth Representative, Laura was invited to rapporteur UNESCO’s 2nd World Conference on Global Citizenship Education in January 2015 in Paris. She currently works as a lawyer with Australian Government Solicitor in Canberra.

She credits her journey being 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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