COMMUNICATION is the key to solving any problem and Ipswich's youngest leaders have taken steps to ensure their generation is heard.

Today a group of six students, each a school captain, will start planning for the first ever official meeting of Ipswich Interschool Captains Network.

The initiative is in its infancy and was the brainchild of Gideon Caturia, Youth Parliament Member for Ipswich and St Edmund's School Captain.

His vision is to create a working group that can not only identify problems facing Ipswich teens, but establish solutions too.

School captains from various Ipswich schools have joined forces to form a school leaders network. Samoi Kinsella, d'Arcy Witherspoon, Gideon Caturia, Lillian Horneman - Wren, Rosie Harris and Ben Fisher.
School captains from various Ipswich schools have joined forces to form a school leaders network. Samoi Kinsella, d'Arcy Witherspoon, Gideon Caturia, Lillian Horneman - Wren, Rosie Harris and Ben Fisher. Rob Williams

The group hopes their leadership will set an example for others and encourage free flowing-open communication between the schools, and the youth of the region.

"Ultimately we want to hold a youth forum lead by youth that tackles youth issues," Gideon said.

The teens want to show the Ipswich community that they are willing and able to form a strong leadership team regardless of differences in race, culture, origin or socio-economic status.

The recently formed Ipswich Interschool Captains Network plan to reach out to every school in the region during a tour and give each Ipswich student a chance to voice their concerns.

"We want to host a youth forum where we can identify solutions to those issues raised during the school tour," Gideon said.

Each of the six students knows at least one issue they've faced as a young person including drugs and a need for more emotional support in schools.

They agree one of the biggest pressures facing senior students is what to study at university because they're afraid a degree won't necessarily guarantee them a job.

"I don't want to spend four years studying only to find that by the time I graduate there aren't any jobs in that area anymore," Samoi Kinsella said.

Once established, the Ipswich Interschool Captains Network will invite other high school student leaders to join the group.



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