Murdoch student becomes Perth’s International Youth Ambassador

January 13, 2011

Communication Studies and International Relations student Reece Harley has been chosen as the City of Perth's International Youth Ambassador for 2011.

The 24-year-old, who has been a member of the Perth Youth Advisory Council for almost three years, will travel to Canada and the US in May to meet with other youth groups from Halifax and Houston.

“The role of the youth ambassador is to visit other groups within other cities who are dealing with youth issues and bring fresh ideas back to Perth,” he said.

Reece said Halifax’s interaction with its waterside and Houston’s strategies to improve public transport were of particular interest to the City.

He said he was excited about his upcoming journey and was looking forward to meeting other young people volunteering their time in community service.

“We had a video linkup with the City of Houston Mayor’s Youth Council in 2009 and they were so vibrant and friendly. Despite the fact that we live on opposite sides of the world it was amazing to see how similar our approach to problems was, and how committed we all are to engaging young people in decision making in their local communities,” he said.

Reece’s passion for empowering young people stretches far and wide. He is a member of numerous volunteering organisations in Perth and was at the forefront of student representation throughout his time at Murdoch, serving as Senator and Guild President.

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