Youth sets agenda
SIXTEEN-year-old Corinda Hollis wants to change the world.
The articulate Casino teenager passionately believes all young people, no matter their racial background or where they live, should have an equal opportunity to a quality education.
However, the Year 11 Trinity Catholic College student is mature enough to know wanting and wishing isn't going to be enough to ensure everyone has access to "fundamental human rights".
That's why she applied, successfully, to join the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament.
Corinda is one of two young people from the Northern Rivers selected to represent the Clarence electorate at the 12th annual NSW Youth Parliament which is apolitical and non-partisan in nature and aims to give the state's aspiring leaders the chance to voice their concerns, discuss issues they are passionate about, develop their skills in leadership and gain an insight into parliamentary and legislative procedures.
Her desire to bridge the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous youth saw her appointed to the parliament's Aboriginal Affairs Committee in the Legislative Assembly, which will be tasked with devising a bill to go before the parliament when it meets in July.
Corinda will travel to Sydney next month for a parliamentary training session, and while there will join up with other youth parliamentarians from around the state and meet her other committee members.
"I am fascinated by our parliamentary system and how it works," she said.
"I'm quite passionate about youth having a voice in the decision-making process."
Corinda said the ultimate achievement would be if one of the bills to come out of the youth parliament influenced actual State Government policy.