Well done to Rise’s very own Emily Wilding who won the City of Swan’s Youth Out Loud competition!

Youth Out Loud

Youth Out Loud is a public speaking competition run by our friends the City of Swan. The competition provides young people with a platform to speak out about issues that affect them and their community.

The topic for this year was ‘home’ and Emily’s speech was about the lack of LGBTQIA services in the area she calls home.

Rise Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan went along to support Emily.

We are so proud of Emily not just for winning this competition but for having the courage to speak up about the need for LGBTI services for young people. Emily’s is simply inspirational!

Simply inspirational

We are so proud of Emily for entering the competition in the first place, and then winning. But most of all for having the courage to speak up about the need for LGBTQIA services for young people and the barriers they can face when trying to get support and feel accepted in their own community.

Young LGBTQIA people living in our suburbs are incredibly isolated at present. The only support services available to them is often inaccessible due to the way systemic barriers and discrimination intersect to make reaching support unattainable. An example I spoke about was the way that young people usually rely on public transport to reach services. They also have great difficulty using public transport due to the high likelihood of verbal/physical abuse.  I entered to draw attention to this gap in our support services. Hopefully this will help to persuade those in positions of influence to take action to remedy it by funding a service in my local area.

Emily’s ability to speak out loud about this topic demonstrates the power of a young person’s voice. We think she is simply inspirational!

Rise services

Rise provides a number of services for young people, including those from the LGBTQIA community. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.