Our team

The young faces and voices that make this event possible! 
 

EUGENIE SMITH

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Hi y'all I'm Eugénie and that's me on your right! I'm technically 20 but my friends have me at around 60+ spiritually. I think this may be because I enjoy a good tea, radio national and the Great British Bake off but hey I also love memes.

I used to be a big fan of the old Donald Trump meme. However when he suddenly went from meme one day to present the next, I obviously find him a little less funny.

I think, like most young people, I’m worried by the devaluation of empathy that seems to be playing out on the international stage: the wilful repudiation of rigorous thinking, and the vilification of minorities, that’s helped normalize intolerance. However, I’m optimistic. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I see multiculturalism as a poetic force, helping fortify the human spirit against the wave of discrimination.

I was lucky to find Youth Voice through the refugee tutoring program at QPASTT. Never before have I been a part of something more fulfilling, enduringly productive with such effective and welcome results. Youth Voice is not just about educating the community, we are about sparking that passion that lies in all young people.

In the words of Hannah Arendt: “Revolutionaries do not make revolutions! The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and when they can pick it up.”

JOSEPH BYRNE 

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Greetings everyone! My name is Joseph, I am 22 years of age and I am a Brisbane Broncos Fanatic, a big Batman fan and DC comics tragic. I am the man to come to if you want to know anything broncos or who would win out of batman or superman! Definitely batman. I also enjoying jogging, lifting weights and helping people.

I became aware of the Youth Voice program through a friend 6 months ago. My friend said they were a young group from multicultural background who were active in helping their community. This gained my attention because I have an avid interest in helping people and I wanted get more involved and active in the community. And I am glad did because I have loved every minute of it.

Youth Voice has given me an opportunity to make new friends, learn more about other cultures and get more involved in helping the community. I believe that Youth Voice is a program that more young people should participate in! It really gives you a good satisfaction knowing you can a make difference in your community. It has made me more aware of other cultures and has given me great satisfaction in knowing we can all work together to help our community. It is great experience being involved in Youth Voice and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

 

NASTEHO MUKHTAR

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Hi my name is Nasteho and my friends call me Naz!

I am from the land of the poets, warriors and camels - Somalia. I am currently in high school, trying to get the hard grades. I'm a someone who deals with many emotions throughout the day but can't speak it out loud so I use poetry a way to heal. At the moment I'm trying performing art including spoken word and drama to speak out and find a comfort zone with those who are like me. I'm a big dreamer and my first dream to complete is to travel the world  while writing a poem at every stop.

I am someone who loves meeting new people, getting to know them and generally see another point of view or aspect of life and of course anything to do with fun. This is exactly what Youth Voice provides to me.

Youth Voice meaning different things to each team member and the public but to me: it means to have a voice, a friend in the public for youth who may be hesitant to speak for themselves. 

 

RAHA FAMOURI-SALEHI

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Hey! My name is Raha and I’m 25 years old.

I have an interesting background, with parents who once took refuge in this wonderful country I call home and started their lives from the very beginning. My family fled Iran for the chance to give their children the opportunity of a free life, in which they did! We are Baha’i’s and in Iran we are persecuted and the prospect to have a higher education is non-existent. Here, I have been able to freely practice my faith, live my life to the fullest and the chance to further my studies.

My passion is working with people; particularly youth, and giving the basic rights of health and education to all. Everyone has the right to an equal share of life. Having the opportunity to be part of an organisation like QPASST and to empower and advocate for young people has allowed me to put my passion into ACTION. It has been such a privilege to be part of a wonderful group like Youth Voice and really make a difference, most of all a difference in my life.

 

RAZIQ QASIMI

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Hi all! My name is Raziq (On your right) however most friends call me Raz. This maybe because I am good at touch football. I remember playing at school and my class-mates use to say “oh! razzle dazzle with the skills”. By the way that’s how I got that name. I am 20 years old and I enjoy playing football (soccer). Believe it or not, I’ve actually woken up at two in the morning to watch a match. Anyhow, I also enjoy reading a book while having a flavoured Afghan tea with Anzac biscuits.

Being a former refugee from a country that has crippled with decades of war has taught a lot about life and the contemporary society. I’ve learned to be patient, to be a warrior when it comes life’s challenges and to realise the audacity of hope is much bigger than we can possibly imagine.

Like many young people, I am concerned about the vilification of minorities all around the world. The recent political changes domestically and abroad have helped many to feel justified to show prejudice towards a wide range of out-groups and ethnic minorities. As sad as it is, however we must never allow hate to win nor allow them to capitalise on our strong multicultural foundations. Though, I believe our strong multicultural foundations can be strengthened and built upon when we unite together and stand in the face of hate, bigotry and discrimination.

My journey with Youth Voice began two years ago. It has been a fantastic platform where we allow young people to raise their voices and tackle the issues they endure. The passion, commitment and dedication of the youth involved in the committee gives me the hope that tomorrow is going to be better than today. After all, we are all about making our small world a better place for everyone.

 

SUVRADIP MAITRA

My nickname is Suvi, I’m 20 years old.

Sometimes I’m surprised that it has been two years since I joined Youth Voice… because for the first 18 years of my life, in India and Australia, cricket was about the only thing that used to get me up in the morning.

Now as well as checking the latest cricket scores, my days are filled with university, desperately trying to find my hidden talent (guitar currently), and maximising the diverse opportunities offered by Youth Voice. It could be the people, the discussions or the projects, but there is no doubt Youth Voice has helped me discover a passion for tackling social justice issues that were nothing more than mere labels to me in the past.

The opportunity to organise events like the Walk In Our Shoes Youth Festival and last year’s Mental Health Dinner has made me realise I can make a tangible contribution to my community despite my age. Youth Voice proves to me everyday that it is a myth that you need fancy degrees or years of experience to be an agent for change.