New Youth Advisor, Thomas Manning

""Welcome to new Youth Advisor, Thomas Manning.  Thomas joins the other four Youth Advisors who provide advice to the Guardian and raise issues affecting children and young people in care.

Thomas was  in care since age 12 and has experienced a number of placements and a period of independent living.   He recently graduated very successfully from the Australian Science and Mathematics School and will be majoring in English and Economics when Adelaide University commences in 2011.

Thomas has a keen interest in education and the role it can play in society and for the individual and has in the past contributed his ideas via YACSA and CREATE.  Currently he volunteers for Meals on Wheels and World Vision and enjoys travel, reading and sailing.

The close of 2010 saw the end of the terms of two of the Guardian’s longest serving of the four Youth Advisors, Ed King and Rachel Hopkins.   Their input  to the work of the Office over several years has been invaluable and we wish them the very best in their future endeavours.

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