Execs in focus: Sam Illobuchi
VicSRC is run by a group of 15 students from across the state, who make up our Exec team. But who are they? Just like you, they are powerful voices. Meet our Exec and find out what makes them tick in our latest #VicSRCvoices series.
Next up: 14 year old Sam Illobuchi from Frankston High School.
Sam Illobuchi is a young man of many talents.
You’d be hard pressed to find a better dressed 14 year old this side of New York City. He’s a master of the phablet, swiping from Facebook to Instagram, Snapchat to Whatsapp, Vine to Vimeo with almost inhuman speed. He’s a digital native, but more than that; he is keenly aware that social connectivity is a powerful conduit to give voice to those who feel voiceless.
“I feel like our generation is at a turning point,” says the Frankston High School student.
“I feel that those in power are starting to realise that young people are important and the future of our world.”
It’s this sense of self belief and desire to be an agent of change that led Sam to the VicSRC Exec. He nominated himself at Congress 2014 because he believes that student voices should not only be heard, but listened to and acted on. To Sam and so many students like him, he’s determined not to let any opportunities fly by without taking hold.
A typical day in the shoes of Sam’s Student Leadership Committee (SLC) starts off with splitting into groups and planning the next upcoming event.
“Whether it’s a fundraiser, a casual dress day, a student involvement event or community occasion - we will work in our teams to think up ideas and how we can get people, expressly students, involved."
Once they’ve nutted out the fundamentals, the team publicises the event using social media (check them out on Instagram!) and old-fashioned posters.
“When we’re not organising events, we’re usually working on ways to improve our SLC and school culture based on student feed-back,” Sam tells us.
“To me, three of the top issues facing young people today are self-image, inequity and anxiety,” he says.
“I think one of the most powerful things about student voice and VicSRC, is that it lets students know that they’re not alone. Their opinion matters. Their struggles matter. And together we can do something about it.”
When asked about the impact of student voice and how it’s changed him, Sam is reflective.
“Being on the VicSRC and taking part in the amazing programs that are run here makes me feel like I’m making a difference,” he says.
“I don’t know if I have changed as a person just yet. What drives me is the knowledge that there is so much more out there. There is so much more that I can learn!
“I may only be one person, but I know that I’m making a change.”
Armed with his phablet, his dress sense, his talent for social connection and his profound drive to make positive change, Sam aspires to be a politician.
“It may seem cliché, but I do think if I want to continue advocating for student voice and equal rights, the government is the best stage to do it!”
In light of his prospective career direction, Sam had four tips for today’s politicians.
“Put yourself in the nation’s shoes. Imagine things from the people’s point of view. Don’t always cater for the rich. Think of the 99%, not just the 1%.”
He’s got our vote!
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