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Media: Meet 'The Mutants': The students who wear their autism with pride

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 14:45
Source: 
ABC News

" 'The Mutants' assemble gradually. Between about 8:00am and 9:00am they amble into the classroom at Aquinas College, in the Melbourne suburb of Ringwood. Chris Varney, founder of the I CAN Network, greets each student as they arrive for their fortnightly mentoring session. By the time the class starts, about 15 Mutants have assembled. If you're worried by the name, don't fret — they chose it themselves."

Media: Meet Canberra's 'lady tradies' taking to the tools to fight gender discrimination

Date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 14:45
Source: 
ABC News

"They are the women taking a blowtorch to barriers and a saw to stereotypes, but even in 2017 tradeswomen are pioneers, making up less than 2 per cent of Australia's electricians, carpenters and mechanics. Some state and territory governments are looking to intervene to help boost that number while also removing discrimination and incorrect perceptions. But the message from the women on the ground is clear: they love their jobs and say more women should give it a go."

Media: ACT Catholic schools warn of $5000 fee hikes under funding changes

Date: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:15
Source: 
The Canberra Times

Parents of Canberra's Catholic primary school students will fork out up to $5000 a year more in fees under the government's planned funding changes, new modelling shows.

Catholic Education Office Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn released the figures on Sunday showing the ACT's 21 Catholic primary schools would have to increase fees by at least $1000 for each child per year if the government's school funding reshuffle proceeds.

Media: Australia Really Needs A Minister For Youth, MPs Say

Date: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:45
Source: 
Huffington Post

"The federal government is under pressure to revive the scrapped cabinet position of Minister for Youth, as MPs speak out against a "war on young people" under the current Coalition government. Nick Xenophon Team MP Rebekha Sharkie and Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore, and independent MP Cath McGowan, have teamed up to present motions in both houses of parliament this week calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to name a specific minister in charge of youth affairs. The position was junked by former PM Tony Abbott in 2013, and while Labor also dropped the role from their shadow ministry, th

Media: Is year 12 worth it? High school students battle pressures after self-documenting final year

Date: 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 15:45
Source: 
ABC News

"In 2016, 14 students around Australia self-documented their entire final year in high school for the ABC series My Year 12 Life through daily video diaries. Year 12 is the metaphorical mountain put in front of every school kid when they enter the schooling system. Many attempt to scale the peak. Some pass, some flourish, some dropout.

Media: Heywire Trailblazers from regional Australia head to Youth Innovation and Leadership Lab

Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 15:15
Source: 
ABC Rural

"Seventeen innovative young regional Australians have been named ABC Heywire's 2017 Trailblazers. They will attend the Heywire Regional Youth Summit, to be held in Canberra from February 4th to the 10th, which has been inspiring and enabling storytellers for almost two decades. Each year, a selection of regional storytellers are announced as winners, but this year for the first time, there will also be Trailblazers, who will participate in a Youth Innovation and Leadership Lab. Trailblazers are emerging leaders who have initiated projects that strengthen their regional communities. The Heyw

Media: Suicide rates for young Australians highest in 10 years, researchers call for new prevention strategies

Date: 
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 15:15
Source: 
ABC News

"Suicide rates among young Australians are at their highest level in 10 years, despite a range of prevention strategies and investment from government, according to new research. The report, carried out by youth mental health service Orygen, has found the system is not working and a new suicide prevention strategy for young people is needed..."

Media: ANU students share Centrelink horror stories

Date: 
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 15:15
Source: 
Canberra Times

"She couldn't afford to study without it, but relying on Centrelink and worrying about sudden payment suspension has taken a toll on Mish Khan. The low SES student moved to Canberra to study Asian Studies and Law in 2014 and has had her Youth Allowance payments cut off on seven separate occasions. Bureaucratic hurdles and administrative bungles seemed endless.

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