Where are they now? – Amy Park

Name: Amy Park Age: 21 School: Unley High School (SA)

What Kids Teaching Kids events were you involved in?

  • 2009 MDBA South Australian Youth Environment Conference (Adelaide)
  • 2010 South Australia Kids Teaching Kids Conference (Adelaide)
  • 2011 International Kids Teaching Kids Conference (Adelaide)
  • 2012 Kids Teaching Kids Week - hosted an event
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference - volunteer
  • 2015 Kids Teaching Kids Week  - KTK Ambassador supporting South Australian schools

What topic/s did you present on?

Our school presented a workshop about different ways of living, or different attitudes, and the impact on the environment. We followed the lives of two families, the "Footprints" who had a large carbon footprint and were not considerate of their environment, and the "Handprints" who were more proactive in trying to protect their local environment, and live in a more sustainable way.

Do you remember how you felt before and after presenting?

We were pretty nervous presenting the workshop, we hadn't had a chance to practice it for an audience at our own school, and so the KTK event was our first real opportunity. But with such a supportive audience, who were keen to be involved, we found it to be a really positive experience, and I think we made valuable changes to our presentation, even just from the first time we presented it to the second.

What other memories do you have of the Kids Teaching Kids conference/s?

I loved being involved with the International Conference in 2011 in South Australia. There were so many people who attended that, and it felt like such a massive event. The noise that that crowd created, you couldn't help but believe that those kids were going to be able to make a difference if they continued to spread their message. The guest speakers that the conference attracted were also great, and the support from volunteers and staff at Kids Teaching Kids really did make you feel like you could take on anything.

Did you learn anything new at the conference/s that have helped you later in life?

I think in my days of presenting I learnt a lot about the value of organisation, being prepared, and practicing presentations. The confidence I gained through a few years involvement with KTK was massive, and I think it continues to grow with every opportunity KTK have offered since being involved as a volunteer. I also continue to learn facts as well. There is yet to be a conference where I don't walk away from a workshop going "huh, I didn't know that before".

Tell us what you have been up to since your involvement with Kids Teaching Kids.

I am now studying a double degree of Journalism and Professional Writing, working part time for a South Australian politician, and heavily involved with rowing as an athlete, coach, and committee member. Kids Teaching Kids was a big part of creating the skills I use every day now in creating presentations or reports on certain topics, or finding interesting and engaging ways to engage people in a topic.