Kids Manifesto Media Release

Kids call out a vision for our future  

Kids Manifesto

Monday 22 October 2-3pm

Arts Centre, Melbourne

The Pavilion

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

FREE entry Eventbrite / Kids Manifesto

General Public welcome

More than 100 twelve-year-old students from across Victoria will deliver their ‘Kids Manifesto’ to the world at an inaugural event that recognises and supports child-led advocacy and social change. These visionaries will collaborate with 10 creative facilitators to tell us what change they want to see across critical social sectors that includes Disability, Environment, Gender, Elderly, Kids, Animals and Cultural Diversity.

The Kids Manifesto will be delivered to an audience of politicians, community leaders, change-makers, family and friends who will be challenged and inspired to work with these kids to make their vision a reality.

Highlighting Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children have a right to be heard and their views and opinions respected – as part of Children’s Week (19 – 28 October 2018) – this event will put forward the views and opinions of children from Altona North Primary School, Benalla P-12 College and Northern Bay College, Corio /Norlane in a dynamic and inspiring way at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

“These kids have spent the past six months becoming local change-makers through the Kids Thrive program – ‘Kids as Catalyst’. Working within their communities with organisations and individuals, students have taken action and driven change on issues ranging from the rights of animals to the respect of elders,” says Dr Andrea Lemon, CEO /Co Founder of Kids Thrive.

“The 100 children coming to Kids Manifesto represent a fantastic range of styles and abilities, which is why we have designed an event using multiple communication disciplines such as visual arts, written word, music and performance – so as not to preference those only fluent in text and public speaking.

“The Manifesto is the next step up from these children’s local activism. It’s a child-centred gathering speaking directly to our community leaders and projecting their visions for a better world, from their own locally garnered expertise.

“Our evaluations show that kids have a remarkable sphere of influence that goes well beyond their home and school. It’s this influence and agency that can be harnessed in the big decisions that affect us all. It is possible to live in communities that include children in the decisions that affect them and their communities’ future.

“Kids Manifesto will remind us that children are essential community contributors,” says Dr Lemon.

Note to editors:

Kids Thrive is Victoria’s leading arts and community development organisation committed to child-led social change.

‘Kids Manifesto’ is generously supported by Arts Centre Melbourne, and by Newsboys Foundation to celebrate their 125th year.

Arts Centre Melbourne / Newsboys Foundation / Sidney Myer Fund / William Buckland Foundation / Altona North Primary School / Benalla P – 12 College / Northern Bay College

For more information and interviews:

Karen Trentini, Marketing and Media Manager

0468 513 216