Education

Episode 47 - Youth and Diversity with Alex McLean

One in three young people (26 and under) are either unemployed or underemployed in Australia. Our youth rate for unemployment is at its highest in 40 years, and the Newstart allowance for young job seekers has not increased in over 25 years, even though our cost of living has gone up. To top it all off, a recent study found there are only two rental properties currently on the market that a person on income allowance from the government can afford. At the same time, internship programs that are funded by the tax payer are leading to vulnerable young people being paid an abysmal $4 an hour while big business like Hungry Jacks use these programs to fill what would otherwise be actual paid job vacancies.

How’s a young person to catch a break if they don’t have the privilege of living with their parents, volunteering and interning for months or years to gain experience for the workplace and not needing to worry about meeting basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter? In this episode, Caspar speaks with 26 year old, Co-Executive Officer of the National Youth Commission Australia (NYC), Alex McLean who is working to uncover and solve some of these big challenges for young people in Australia.

Alex is a passionate advocate of youth rights and development, as well as diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also has a love of science with a background in epidemiology, the study of infectious diseases.

Caspar and Alex binge on all things youth development in Australia, the issues coming out of the NYC’s current inquiry into youth employment, and what drives Alex in all her work.

This episode was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh, recorded at Youthworx, and features music by Big Gigantic.

Alex McLean and Caspar excited to go eat some smashed avo now they’ve finished the biggest binge ever. At Youthworx Studios, Brunswick.

Alex McLean and Caspar excited to go eat some smashed avo now they’ve finished the biggest binge ever. At Youthworx Studios, Brunswick.

Episode 35: Community Development in Nepal with Bee Shrestha

In this episode, Caspar speaks with 25 year old community leader Bee Shrestha. Bee is the founder of a social enterprise called Guilty Pleasures, that teaches work skills and provides independent livelihood to trafficked women in Nepal. Bee also runs her own international development company and is an avid public speaker. She hosts public 'Talk Shows' in Nepal and Thailand that aim to break down taboos in social discourse, such as mental health, sex, gender and rape. Produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic.

Caspar and Bee bingeing on social justice and getting it done! 

Caspar and Bee bingeing on social justice and getting it done! 

Episode 16: Living on a Bicycle with Alex Litherland

Caspar speaks to 32 year old Alex Litherland about his journey from working in the arts to becoming a teacher. Alex is about to embark on a crazy bicycle touring adventure around the US to raise money for two local charities trying to cope under the Trump Administration - the ACLU  and the NRDC. Alex's campaign Unite the States  is also a learning experience for his students, creating an example of hope for young people in a world filled with problems. You can donate to Alex’s epic mission and follow his journey through his website. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.

Alex in his touring gear, preparing for another adventure to educate and raise money for charity

Alex in his touring gear, preparing for another adventure to educate and raise money for charity

Episode 12: BONUS BINGE - Funding university with Sophie Johnston

Been to university? Student debt making you sweat? In 2017, the Australian government decided to cut university funding (again!) Debts will also have to be repaid sooner. But where are the full-time jobs?

Wages aren't growing, houses aren't affordable and most of our parents didn't even pay for university! Come on a BONUS BINGE with Sophie Johnston. The sprightly 21 year old is president of Australia's National Union of Students and she is fighting for your right to party. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic.

Sophie Johnston, president of the  National Union of Students , binges on the  War on Young People,  the 2017 Federal Budget and what it means for young people across Australia

Sophie Johnston, president of the National Union of Students, binges on the War on Young People, the 2017 Federal Budget and what it means for young people across Australia