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at The Wheeler Centre and

Teen Gala

Bookings for this digital event can be made now. In-person tickets may become available, subject to state government health advice and restrictions on public events.

Join us to celebrate the young people who led us through the year that was, and look towards the future to come. This gala event brings together Victoria’s brightest and most inspiring young voices to share powerful stories, speeches, and performances from 2021, and will feature the winners of the 2021 OutLoud poetry slam, the 2021 Plain English Speaking Awards and the 2021 Kill Your Darlings School Writing Prize.

At the end of another challenging year, particularly for students and educators, we’ll reflect on the extraordinary creativity and passion displayed by the teens coming of age in a world standing still. We’ll also provide a sneak peek at the Wheeler Education events we’re most looking forward to in 2022.

Let's toast to hope, resilience and the power of teens to change the world. Bring on the new year! Hosted by Tierney Khan.

Teen Gala

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Portrait of Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo is a comic book teacher, maker, and communicator. He was the editor and publisher of the romance comics anthology Tango, made the feature film Graphic Novels Melbourne with filmmaker Daniel Hayward and is part of the graphic novel publishing enterprise Twelve Panels Press.

Portrait of Zuva Goverwa

Zuva Goverwa

My name is Zuva and I’m currently in year 12 completing VCE. I had the honour of competing in, and ultimately winning, the State Final of the Plain English Speaking Award earlier this year, with a speech that highlights my passion for youth activism and the collective power of our generation.

Portrait of Zifa Tanner-Kamal

Zifa Tanner-Kamal

Zifa Tanner-Kamal is a year 10 student at University High School in Melbourne. She is the recipient of the 2021 Kill Your Darlings School Writing Prize, for an article called 'The Despair of Growing Up in the Climate Crisis'. Zifa lives in Coburg with her parents and her cat, Boo Radley.

Portrait of Lee Pennefather

Lee Pennefather

Lee is a 14 year old from Melbourne. They have been writing and creating from a young age and have a love of literature and the performing arts. They are very excited to be part of this event, Teen Gala, and look forward to exploring more ways to express themself and their ideas.

Portrait of Red Brazil

Red Brazil

I am a 13 year old boy from the Macedon Ranges. I play soccer and guitar and love the Beach Boys. I can’t say I like poetry because I have read all the books and the poets, because I haven’t read any. But what I like is how it can appeal to anyone regardless of experience. I like to have fun with my poems, with rhymes, different language and new topics.

Portrait of Jinyoung Kim

Jinyoung Kim

Jinyoung Kim is the co-founder of the Australian High School Anti-Racism Kit, the first anti-racism resource for Australian high school students. He started creating an online resource with his friend and co-founder Sabina Patawaran in Year 12 in high school over lockdown, which has now developed into

Portrait of Sabina Patawaran

Sabina Patawaran

Sabina Patawaran (she/they) is an 18-year-old Filipino Australian based on Dharug Country in Warrang (also known as Sydney, Australia). Co-founding the Anti-Racism Kit @antiracismkit with Jinyoung Kim in 2020 during Year 12, Sabina is now an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, majoring in economics and international relations.

Portrait of Elsa Rose

Elsa Rose

Elsa Rose (she/her) is a queer, Jewish and Chinese woman of colour. She is an educator, facilitator, activist and performer. She is the co-founder of Hue, an antiracism & social justice organisation that provides training and consulting to organisations. Previously she was the Director of Training at Democracy in Colour and a program presenter at PROJECT ROCKIT.

Portrait of Eric Vien

Eric Vien

My name is Eric Vien and I am currently a Year 9 student at Melbourne High School. I obviously enjoy writing but alongside this, I am fond of listening to music, doing calligraphy, fashion and shopping with my friends.

Portrait of Tierney Khan

Tierney Khan

Tierney Khan has always been passionate about using words to express her opinions and to stand up for what she believes in. In 2020 she became the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award Victorian State Champion with a speech titled Not another speech about feminism’, and has since utilised those skills in the multiple events she has been a part of through The Wheeler Centre.

Wheeler Education

Being a teenager is all about change. Adolescence is when most of us form a sense of the world, try to find our place in it and (hopefully) have some fun along the way. Beyond what we learn at school, some of our most valuable learning happens when we discover the communities and ideas that connect us.

In the extraordinary times we live in, Wheeler Education is here to bring the world to teens – and teens to the world. We’ll explore the challenges facing young people right now, and the bold ways they’re envisioning their own futures. Hear from teens, writers, and educators about their passions, plans, survival tips and more.


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