ABC Radio is calling for all young regional and rural Australians to share their story and BE HEARD, with the annual Heywire competition launched yesterday.
Now in its 17th year, ABC Radio’s Heywire initiative provides a platform for young Australians aged between 16-22 to submit stories about their life, and issues affecting their community. Winning stories are featured on the ABC, and each winner receives a trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra.
“Heywire is a powerful platform for young regional Australians to tell their story and be heard on the ABC, and on Capital Hill,” says ABC’s Acting Director of Radio, Michael Mason.
“Over the last 17 years Heywire has developed into a life-changing opportunity with the capacity to kick-start youth-led projects and initiatives with very real and lasting positive effects,” Mason says.
The winning entrants from Heywire 2014 will travel to Canberra in February 2015 for the week-long Heywire Regional Youth Summit, where they will share experiences, collaborate with peers, gain leadership skills and develop ideas for change. The Heywire Regional Youth Summit culminates in a public forum held at Parliament House, with the winners pitching their ideas to politicians, policy makers and funding bodies.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said it was vital that regional youth made their voices heard to fight for the issues facing them, their peers and their communities.
“I would encourage any young person who is passionate about making a difference in rural and regional Australia and has a story the nation needs to hear to get involved in this fantastic initiative,” Minister Joyce said.
Enter your story via the newly refreshed Heywire website: abc.net.au/heywire by 16 September 2014 for your chance to have your story broadcast on the ABC, and to be a part of the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra.
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