Last updated: 26 Nov, 2020

The ABC has announced the 31 young winners of the inaugural Takeover Melbourne storytelling competition, a new initiative from the ABC in partnership with VicHealth, Resilient Melbourne and the Centre for Multicultural Youth, amplifying the voices of young Melburnians (aged 12 to 18 years).

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Despite the many challenges faced by Melburnians this year, hundreds of young people from across Melbourne stepped up to share their stories. Thirty-two winners were selected, representing each of the local Government areas of Greater Melbourne, to have their stories featured on the ABC.

From growing up with Tourette’s Syndrome, to overcoming internalised racism, from finishing year 12 during COVID-19, to rebuilding after the Black Saturday bushfires, the stories showcase the resilience and talent of the city’s young people. From disability advocates and geologists, to musicians and sport fanatics, the 32 stories paint a vivid picture of Melbourne in 2020.

Sam, 17, who lives in Kilsyth in Melbourne’s north, is one of the Takeover Melbourne winners. “I’m so excited to part of the first cohort of Takeover Melbourne winners,” he said.

“It hasn’t been an easy year for everyone, especially for us living in Victoria… but being part of this awesome program has given me a lot to look forward to. I can’t wait to share my story.”

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp congratulated the Takeover Melbourne winners on their stories.

“There’s never been a more important time for Melburnians to tell their stories and I want to acknowledge all the young people who have shone a light on the stories that matter to them,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Sharing these stories is a way to make even more meaningful connections and help bring us together.”

Director of ABC Regional and Local, Judith Whelan, said the Takeover Melbourne Competition is an important platform for young people living in Greater Melbourne to make a difference.

“Congratulations to all of the winners for proudly sharing your courageous and powerful stories. Stories like these have the ability to bring us together as a community.”

CEO of VicHealth, Dr Sandro Demaio, also congratulated the winners, saying: “After such a challenging year for Melburnians, it’s more important than ever that young people are heard in the conversation about the future of their city.”

The Takeover Melbourne winners will be showcased across the ABC, so keep an eye out for their stories on ABC Radio Melbourne and on ABC TV. They will also be celebrated in a virtual Gala event on December 3, streamed live on the ABC Melbourne Facebook page.

To see the full list of Takeover Melbourne winners and hear their stories:

Takeover Melbourne is made possible through partnership with Resilient Melbourne, VicHealth and the Centre for Multicultural Youth, as well as with the support of the 32 local councils of Greater Melbourne.

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