About YMCA Victoria’s Youth Press Gallery

YMCA Victoria’s Youth Press Gallery is a program for young people aged between 16-25 currently studying, or who have an interest in, political journalism, photography, or filming to gain valuable experience serving as the Press Gallery for the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament program. In this series of blogs we are proud to introduce you to the members of the 2020 Youth Press Gallery, and share their achievements and published works during their time with the program.

Introduing Samantha Wheeler

I’m Samantha, a recent graduate from Deakin with a Bachelor of Science (Cell Biology) and Arts (Professional and Creative writing). Currently working as an Editorial Assistant with The Conversation. I’ve previously worked for Parliament of Victoria and have experience with digital advocacy and science research. Growing up as a mixed-raced woman I want to amplify the voices of People of colour, and deeply care for workers rights, sustainability, mental health, and financial transparency.

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Amazing group from Tarneit Senior College is fighting to lower the age of mental health confidentiality from 18 to 16 years old. Another group of young people from Newhaven college is fighting for compulsory training for Victorian Police surrounding sensitive issues. It’s a privilege to cover both of these bills.