Catholic school students were well represented in the 123 members who were able to attend the gathering at the Adelaide Festival Centre. In total, the SRC has 166 students representing schools throughout the State.
The council was established by Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly, after she repeatedly heard that young South Australians wanted more of a say on the issues that matter to them.
Ms Connolly said members selected to be part of the inaugural SRC were passionate young people with unique and diverse interests, and were united in their desire to create a better future not only for themselves, but for future generations of South Australians of all ages.
“South Australian teenagers want to have a say in the decisions that affect them,” she said.
“They want to see real and sustainable change and are frustrated that the adults around them are impacting their futures by not working together on issues like climate change.
“The capacity for South Australian young people to find creative, innovative solutions to big and small problems is untapped and should not be underestimated. If we support young people to use their innate curiosity and imaginations, combining this with a healthy degree of risk taking, we can expect student-led change on a scale that will ultimately enhance the lives of all South Australians.”
The May 13 meeting featured a number of workshops that were designed to help members determine the issues they wish to prioritise as a group, including how to develop projects and campaigns they think will work best to address them. Members also had the opportunity to hear from some Members of SA Parliament on the day.