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Who We Are

UN Youth Australia is a national youth-led charity that aims to build the people’s movement for the United Nations through the education and empowerment of young Australians. We seek to provide young Australians with a global education, one that gives them a deep knowledge of the social and political problems confronting the world and the skills to address them. We believe that young people are not just Australia’s future leaders; they lead now. We act to expand the opportunities for young people to make a difference in their communities. UN Youth Australia runs a large range of national and local programs designed to provide this empowerment through education, with a focus on students aged 15 to 19. Within Australia, we organise a National Youth Conference, Evatt (a national Model UN competition), Perspective (a youth journal of international affairs), and a wide variety of state and territory events. Internationally, we coordinate educational tours of Europe, East Timor, and New Zealand for secondary school students and a tour of the USA for tertiary students. We also work directly with the Australian Government to promote youth empowerment. We are a founding member of the Australian Youth Forum and frequently make submissions to Senate inquiries on topics relevant to youth. Most importantly, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we nominate an Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations General Assembly, who joins the Australian Delegation to the UN each year as an accredited diplomat. We are a federal, grassroots organisation run entirely by young volunteers under 25 years old from across Australia. Our more than 500 members are committed volunteers who act on the basis of goodwill, giving shape and hope to our future. UN Youth Northern Territory was formed to enable young people in the Northern Territory to have an understanding and appreciation of the challenges faced by people across the world.

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UN Youth realises this ambition in a number of ways including conferences, school workshops, the School Ambassadors Program (SAP), Evatt NT, a simulated security council competition, NT Road Trip, which engages and gives a voice to a large number of rural, lower SES, and indigenous Youth across the Northern Territory, and we conduct social events to encourage an inclusive environment for the discourse of educational programs and events centred around global issues. UN Youth Northern Territory facilitators are peer-to-peer educators, each of whom has received extensive facilitation training. We believe each young person has the potential to understand and exercise their civic rights on a local, national and global level and demonstrate this through our programs. We value informal education, giving students a different style of learning based on interactivity and understanding to supplement their factual knowledge.

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What is the
School Engagement Program?

UN Youth is a firm supporter of the SACE curriculum for Stage 2 Legal Studies, as such the program we present has been designed to complement and expand upon practical outcomes of the knowledge obtained throughout the course. Engaging with the four key topics of the Stage 2 Legal Studies course (the Australian Legal System, Constitutional Government, Lawmaking, and J ustice Systems) this education program will assist students in expanding their knowledge of the subject. With this program UN Youth Northern Territory will deliver eight sessions based around key points in the Stage 2 Legal Studies subject outline. These eight workshops will be rolled out sequentially throughout the Stage 2 school year, with a heavier delivery in semester one comparitively to semester two. The eight workshops that UN Youth will deliver under the SEP are: 1. Human Rights In this workshop UN Youth will assist students in evaluating modern human rights issues, their scope, and assist them in understanding the complexity of the challenges we face. This will assist students in assessing their Inquiry topic by providing them with an interactive medium in which to explore legal and multinational conflicts. 2. Public Speaking Aligning with UN Youth Australia’s key aims to promote advocacy among youth, this workshop is designed to empower students to speak up on issues, participate in discussion and increase their confidence assisting them in their presentation of speeches both inside and outside the classroom. 3. Legal Systems (Values) This workshop assesses the values inherent in our legal system, discussing values such as natural justice, the importance of social order, as we ask students what it means to have a ‘just’ society.

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4. Constitutional Workshop (Constitutional Systems) A highly practical workshop, this session involves students in crafting their own constitution. Using this as a tool UN Youth explains the basics of Constitutional Systems, key sections of our own Constitution, and compares international systems of Constitutional Governance using examples such as codified constitutions (France and the United States) and un-codified constitutions (such as New Zealand and England) 5. Constitutional Workshop (IPS) Through the use of an Interactive Problem Solver (IPS) students will be able to explore the rights of indigenous people in the Constitution. With continued social debate about changes to the constitution this workshop will likely prove vital when assessing any examination questions on the rights of indigenous peoples as explained in the constitution. 6. Law Making (Mock Parliament) To fully explore Lawmaking both in principle and in practice students will be subjected to a mock parliament, drafting legislation and then enacting it through proper parliamentary procedure (or as closely as can be modelled). By engaging students in this process followed by a discussion on the stages of a bill students are able to see how a bill is formed, and how it is executed in a demonstration which removes confusion from the complex process. 7. Human Rights (JCC) Through the use of a Joint Cabinet Crisis (JCC) students will be exposed to a hypothetical situation which they must resolve. Drawing on logical deduction and diplomacy this exercise is used to develop critical thinking, compromise and helps students to justify responses to scenarios helping them develop logical proof. 8. Justice Systems Including a visit to the supreme and magistrates court this workshop is based around explaining the hierarchy of courts in context.

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Expected Outcomes
These workshops are designed especially to assist students completing the Stage 2 Legal Studies course in their practical outcomes. Primarily we aim towards four key areas of improvement • • • • Public Speaking & Confidence Advocacy Critical Analysis An increased understanding of legal terminology and practices

Firstly the program aims to increase the confidence of its participants. UN Youth NT believes that this will assist students in delivering oral components of the Legal Studies course, allow for an interactive experience inside the classroom, and provide positive educational outcome from an increased ability to pose questions during classroom discussion. Secondly UN Youth believes in the promotion and active voice of youth in the community as advocates for positive social change. Through our workshops we shape students to be able to present cases based on merits and social indicators in the community allowing them to link the hypothetical scenario to what is happening just outside their door. Thirdly we aim to achieve a great ability of critical analysis in participants. By exposing them to a number of mediums and scenarios in which they must come to beneficial conclusions we motivate students to develop analysis and deduction skills based on the information provided. Lastly we aim to develop students understanding of terminology and concepts through continued and varied practical demonstrations. For example students who participate in the Mock Parliament workshop or Constitution workshop will have a greater understanding of legal terms in these areas and when it is appropriate to use these terms. Ultimately the practical outcomes of this program tie in with the key aims of the Stage 2 Legal Studies curriculum assisting students in achieving the very best possible.

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Other Programs
Territory Conference 2014: Harmonising Our Identity
Territory Conference is the largest event run by UN Youth Northern Territory and consistently engages with dozens of youth from across the territory, including rural regions such as Jabiru, Alice Springs, and Groote Eylandt. The conference aims to make youth think critically, inspire them to become world change makers, and to draw together like-minded individuals. The conference builds upon delegate’s leadership skills, gives them an enjoyable experience, and aims to educate them on world affairs. This year Territory Conference aims to empower fifty students in years 10 – 12 from secondary schools across the Northern Territory across three days between the 14th and 16th of March. Territory Conference 2014 focuses on Reconciliation, including Human Rights & Justice, and Peace and Security. For more information on Territory Conference visit: http://www.unyouth.org.au/nt/conference/

Evatt NT 2014
Evatt NT is the Territory round of Australia’s largest and premier debating and diplomacy competition. The competition takes the form of mock sessions of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students from years 9-12 debate, amend, and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of a Member State of the Security Council. The top two teams will represent their school and the NT at the National Finals in December. Evatt NT will be help in Term 1, Semester 2 of 2014. For more details visit: http://www.unyouth.org.au/nt/evatt/

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