2016 Young Australians of the Year attend MSB Social Justice Forum.

Our Social Justice Forum is an opportunity for young people from different schools to come together to learn about productive ways to work against injustice, to advocate for those in need and to apply their collective wisdom to the problems faced in our world. It is also an opportunity to hear from people who are already active in this area, to be inspired by the success stories of others and to broaden our understanding of the Gospel call to reach out to our Neighbour.

This year the Forum was attended by over 500 senior students from over twenty schools and community organisations in fields such as indigenous rights, homelessness services, ecology, migrant and refugee advocacy.

Our theme “One to make a difference; together to make a change” highlighted the importance of taking our individual passion and commitment and combining it with others to build the collective action that is needed to achieve lasting change in our society. Our keynote speakers Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, founders of “Orange Sky Laundry” and winners of the 2016 Young Australian of the Year Award gave inspiring witness to the power of young people to make a difference in the world.

It is so exciting to see the interest of our young people in working for the advancement of our world and for the good of those who have been marginalised by social structures, policies, personal difficulties, poverty etc.