We launched our second year of the Interfaith Youth Forum Project with the powerful program "Speak Your Truth", attended by ASC inferfaith and selected leadership students as well as students from Epping-based St Monica's College.
The program included special guest speaker Rana Hussain, who was recently appointed to the Collingwood FC Anti-Racism Advisory Committee. Our second speaker was Lisa Thorpe, who is the CEO of Bubup Wilam Indigenous Child & Family Centre in the City of Whittlesea.
Both speakers were incredibly inspiring, sharing their journeys, wisdom and knowledge in taking a grassroots approach to anti-racism advocacy. Links to their presentations will be available on the ASC YouTube Channel in the coming days.
The keynote presentations were followed by a public speaking workshop hosted by TedX speaker trainer, and public speaking expert, Jo Evans. Jo will be returning to Al Siraat in Term 2 to continue the student learning experience with two additional workshops in public speaking.
The purpose of this program was to firstly give students an understanding of what racism and anti-racism looks like. The public speaking workshop series then assists students in developing a life skill that gives students the confidence and ability to speak up and speak out.