Perth Youth Conference
Australia | 4-6 October 2013
The youth conference in Perth, Australia, held from 4 to 6 October in a school on the banks of the Swan River, featured multiple languages, cultures, and artistic expressions, and welcomed youth of various ages and backgrounds. Over the course of three days, it provided a space for over 700 youth from the northern, southern, and western regions of Australia and from East Timor to focus on their shared desire to contribute to the betterment of their communities and to build a common understanding of the role of their generation.
The opening plenary session was imbued with a spirit of consecration and excitement, as various cultural songs and dances were shared including a welcome by Noongar friends from South-Western Australia and a dance from representatives of East Timor. Throughout the weekend, study of the conference materials raised the consciousness of those gathered regarding themes such as the influence that positive and negative social forces have on each generation and the way in which today’s youth can assist those younger than themselves to overcome the various social ills that they encounter. As participants shared experiences and insights, confidence and a spirit of profound joy developed. One youth from East Timor said, “We are learning how to work together, to continue hand in hand to bring this message to the world. I am so happy to know that it’s not just me. It’s not just East Timor and it’s not just Australia. It’s youth all around the globe who are trying to heal this world for the next generation.” Discussions flowed into the breaks as friends shared their experiences of collaborating with younger youth.
Perth, Australia Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service