By Cam Lucadou-Wells
Students in Greater Dandenong have been urged to dream large at a Youth Empowerment Conference at Drum Theatre on 1 August.
Woorana Park Primary School students organised the third annual event to inspire peers in their region to “rise beyond their postcode”.
It featured a stellar cast of guest speakers including AFL great Simon Madden, Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams and Real Schools founder Adam Voight.
They were joined by a psychologist, culture-change consultants, a kidpreneur, an educational technologist, a travel/fashion blogger, an education researcher and a change architect.
Lucy, a Woorana Park student, said she was particularly inspired by Mr Madden.
“He said that lots of people were being negative about him, but he kept on going.
“It’s OK to say I can’t do it. As long as you say I can’t do it yet”.
Another student Mingjia said: “They told stories of the past and made us look forward to the future.
“They taught us to have a good character and how to be a great leader.”