The Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2023 on 28 July (Nelson Mandela Day) at the parliament House in Melbourne promises to be an exciting and engaging event. The Summit brings together a diverse youth population from Shepparton, Regional Australia, urban Australia and Asia-Pacific to create a group of connected future leaders of the region and Australia.
Born in Shepparton, the COVID lockdowns took the Summit online and allowed us to share the 2020 and 2021 summit experiences with young people and leaders spreading from New York to Africa. Young people chose the topics, and they were designed to assist them in growing into leading community players and act on the immediate most pressing challenges.
In 2022, the historic Legislative Assembly Chamber of the Victorian Parliament in Melbourne allowed the young leaders to experience speaking in the chamber used by the Australian Parliament before the construction of Canberra's Houses of Parliament and still in use by the Victorian Parliament. In 2023 we will make use of the same majestic building to provide the platform the for the young leaders.
"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward."
A Short History of the Summit
The 2022 Summit Proceedings
Young People's Optimism at the Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit
The Australian Governor General at the 2020 Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit
Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2021
Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2020
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