2017 Youth Representative to the United Nations
Paige is the 2017 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. She has previously served as National Education Director and Chair of the Board for UN Youth Australia and Events & Operations Manager at Australian Progress. In 2015, Paige was recognised for her work by Pro Bono Australia as the youngest ever recipient of the ‘Impact 25: The 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector’ award.
Stella Barton is a year 12 student at Shelford Girls' Grammar School. She is a classified level 1 para-equestrian rider and competes on her horse Cabaret. At the age of 12 Stella joined the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) steering committee to extend her understanding of systemic advocacy. She attended the Youth Disability Conference in 2012 and also participated in the Disability Media/YDAS activism training workshop in 2013 with international ADAPT activist Johnny Crescendo. Stella was involved in Disability Media community television programs Chair Chat and No Limits from 2012 - 2014. On Chair Chat in 2014 she conducted an interview with members of the Disability Advisory Committee of the Royal Melbourne Hospital about accessibility in the medical system. She also sometimes (when time and study permits) presents Raise the Platform on SYN radio. In December 2014 her long time family friend, comedian and activist Stella Young died. Stella Barton spoke at the memorial about her friendship and the mentoring role that Stella Young played in her life. In 2015 Stella join other “Crip army” comrades in blockading screenings of the film Me Before You. This was part of a world wide movement of disabled people who wanted to raise awareness of the damaging messages of dependence and burden contained in the film.
YLab Director, Foundation for Young Australians
Dhakshy is a Co-founder and Director ofYLab, a new venture with the ambitious vision to build a global network of young people leading an intergenerational effort to rethink systems that shape the world and take on the biggest challenges of our time. Dhakshy is a civil engineer, strategic consultant, entrepreneur and yoga teacher with over a decade of experience in climate change, disaster risk reduction, sustainability, and program design for young people. She specialises in leading large-scale multidisciplinary design processes and building social impact measurement frameworks. Dhakshy has worked across public, private and not-for-profit sectors for a range of organisations including the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) in Fiji, Net Balance, Small Giants, and Sinclair Knight Merz (now Jacobs).
Communications Director, Oaktree
Alex is the Communications Director at Oaktree, Australia's largest youth-led anti-poverty organisation. Alex first began her journey as a campaigner as a high school student with Oaktree's Community Leader program. In the years since she has led on an innovative youth voter enrolment campaign that engaged over 100,000 people and been a strong advocate for ethical, values based communication within the aid and development sector. Alex is passionate about working in solidarity with communities experiencing systemic social and environmental injustice. When she isn't working at Oaktree she loves creating delicious vegan treats, busting some moves on the dance floor and hanging out with her book club.