E-news Issue 6
Monday, 09 August 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Sizol Fuyana and Jemima Fernandes will present youth issues and ideas to the Chief Minister and senior government officials in November.
Sizol Fuyana and Jemima Fernandes will present youth issues and ideas to the Chief Minister and senior government officials in November.

CDU students Sizol and Jemima provide invaluable perspective to the Chief Minister

Two passionate youth leaders and students from Charles Darwin University (CDU) will lead a group of young people to discuss issues close to their heart and present solutions to senior levels of the Northern Territory Government. 

Sizol Fuyana and Jemima Fernandes, both Bachelor of Law students, were appointed Chair and Vice-Chair of the 2021 Northern Territory Youth Round Table (NTYRT) after demonstrating a passion for their communities and youth leadership.

The NTYRT is a program run by the Territory Families, Housing and Communities’ Office of Youth Affairs. It brings young people aged 15 to 25 from around the Territory together to discuss youth issues, provide insights and propose solutions to policy makers including the Hon Minister Lauren Moss, Minister for Youth.

In November, the members will present their ideas and proposals to the Chief Minister, Minister for Youth, other ministers and senior government officials.

As the NTYRT Chair, Ms Fuyana said identifying important social issues affecting young people and creating solutions to support them was crucial.

“Some of the areas that we focus on include youth mental health, homelessness, Indigenous communities, multicultural communities and employment. There is a diverse range of ideas,” Ms Fuyana said.

“We are passionate about youth. It’s a great opportunity for us to connect to the community and support our peers.”

NTYRT Vice-Chair Ms Fernandes is a CDU Student Ambassador and promotes higher education pathways to young people.

“For my roundtable project, I want to focus on youth mentorship. A lot of young people don’t have a role model to look up to and education is really important,” Ms Fernandes said.

“I also want to showcase youth who achieve great things and let people know that youth is very powerful. Peer support can effectively engage with young people.”