WA youth leader Lockie Cooke on the world stage
Young West Australian Lockie Cooke is representing the youth of our nation on the world stage, including joining a Google Hangout with royalty, and attending the Y20 Summit as Australia’s head delegate.
Lockie is best known for his work in founding the ICEA (Indigenous Communities Education Awareness) Foundation in 2006 when he was just 17 years old. ICEA is a youth-driven Not-for-Profit organisation with a purpose of reconciliation inspired by young people.
Lockie was chosen as one of five Commonwealth representatives to take part in Google Hangout, an online question and answer session with His Royal Highnesses for the launch of the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, an award which recognises the achievements of young leaders in all 53 Commonwealth countries.
The Princes appeared live via webcam from Buckingham Palace and chatted to the five young leaders in Commonwealth countries around the world. Backed by Google and Twitter, it is the first social media hub to be installed at the Palace.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will use social media to help spread the message that #TheSearchIsOn, calling on young people from across the Commonwealth to apply, or be nominated for the opportunity to become a Queen’s Young Leader. In recognition of their achievements the winners will receive an award from The Queen and a year of mentoring and training so that they are able to further develop their skills and ideas and go on to inspire other young people to help shape the future of their societies.
Lockie’s web chat with royalty was an exciting lead in to the 2014 Y20 Summit in Sydney in July. As Australia’s head delegate, Lockie discussed youth policy with 120 young leaders from G20 member states, with direct connection to the G20 Summit held in Brisbane later in the year.
This year’s Y20 Summit focused on youth unemployment as well as sustainable economic development and global mobility. The Australian delegation and their colleagues from the other G20 nations were tasked with the challenge of getting youth unemployment on the 2014 G20 agenda and asking world leaders to commit to an action plan to address youth unemployment.