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Being born deaf has never stopped Drisana Levitzke-Gray from being heard. The 21-year-old, from Perth, has pushed for the rights of deaf children around the world to learn Auslan, the sign language used by the Australian deaf community. On Sunday, she received a national honour for her efforts in promoting diversity and acceptance of deaf people by being named Young Australian of the Year for 2015. She joins three other women in a sweep of the Australian of the Year awards. bit.ly/15Ee4pj
THE Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has launched a massive national campaign aimed at engaging young people across the country to reveal their best ideas for building a better Australia. FYA CEO Jan Owen said Innovation Nation - 1000 ideas for a Better Australia was a national ideas challenge for young people, starting the first youth-led conversation about innovation. FYA in collaboration with a number of not-for-profit, corporate and philanthropic partners, wants to uncover young people's innovative ideas for tackling major challenges across the nation. Those with the best ideas will have the opportunity to secure $10,000 in seed funding to turn their dream into a reality. innovationnation.fya.org.au/
The Knwoledge Circle, a resource that provides support to a range of professionals working across a variety of interrelated sectors. Providing information for service providers, researchers and policy-makers, who are encouraged to explore this site and to share their stories about "what works" to keep their children safe and happy. bit.ly/1L4FXba
Out of home care services in the ACT and around Australia are currently facing many challenges including how to respond to rising demand for out of home care places and difficulties in attracting and retaining foster carers. In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are significantly over represented among care populations and life outcomes for many care leavers continue to be poor. bit.ly/15cAnCq