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A voice of unity for all youth

For Emily Unity, standing up for the voices of young people is all she has ever strived to do through her career aspirations.

As a psychology graduate, Ms Unity dedicates her time to advocating for young people, insisting they have equal access to mental health services.

Now selected as a 2022 Young Ambassador for UNICEF Australia on World Children’s Day, her standpoint is a true representation of the theme of the day: “A Better Future for Every Child”.

And it’s a goal she strives to focus on through this new opportunity.

“It’s critical that we hear the voices of young people when designing services for them,” she said.

“I’m a big believer in ‘nothing for us or about us, without us’ and I’m looking forward to co-designing policy responses in this role.”

The 23-year-old from Parkville, is one of two Victorians representing the state and will also be joined by other young aspiring inter-state Australians, all of whom will participate in the UNICEF 12-month program.

The program will not only involve learning how to engage with public policy designs but also include giving the future change-makers an opportunity to meet key decision makers in government.

And Ms Unity can’t wait to see some of the changes discussed and implemented.

“The voices of young people are often overlooked or drowned out by people in decision making positions. Our representatives, decision makers have a responsibility to support us, not just as partners, but as leaders,” she said.

“I believe that together we can co-design a future for all people, regardless of age, background, identity, or neurodiversity.” •

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