Introducing our new Communications and Engagement Officer

We have a new Communications and Engagement Officer!

Kristen Lucas has a passion for communications and supporting children and young people to create positive change. Currently in her final year of completing a Bachelor of Media and International Relations, Kristen also volunteers as the Communications Director for United Nations Youth South Australia and is the Social Media Editor for the University of Adelaide’s Student Health and Wellbeing.

With youth empowerment at the forefront of her mind, Kristen believes in engaging young people in decision making and enjoys listening to their imaginative ideas and bringing them to life.

We sat down with Kristen to get to know her more…

Why do think communications is so important to an organisation?

Communications is the way that organisations share their work and connect with people – It’s a part of everything they do. If you’re checking out an organisation’s website, social media, blog, newsletter, upcoming events etc, these are all ways that the organisation is communicating with you! Good communications is essential so that people know what an organisation is up to, and why they should be interested in its work.

What do you like best about working with and for young people?

To me, supporting youth development is one of the most important and rewarding jobs. I enjoy working with young people because they dream up imaginative ideas and are always full of curiosity. What I like best is being able to engage young people in issues that affect them and see them feel listened to and empowered.

What is the one thing you would like to achieve as the Communications and Engagement Officer for the OGCYP?

Before I joined the team, the OGCYP had visions for their future communications but were without the hands on deck to make it happen. This year, I would like to help bring these fantastic projects to life. Starting off, I’m jazzing up the design of the OGCYP’s new website, so stay tuned to check it out soon!

What are three words that best describe you?

Enthusiastic, helpful and motivated.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

My favourite things to do are travel and try new things. Since we’re a little restricted for travel at the moment, I’ve taken to vicariously exploring new worlds and adventures in the huge stack of books I’ve had piling up on my table!

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?

Live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.

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