City of Mount Gambier is launching a new Youth Activation Group (YAG) to brainstorm and deliver ideas, events and activities to make Mount Gambier a great place for young people.
Council is looking for local young people between the ages of 15 to 25 years old who are keen to act on the things that matter to them and help boost the vibrancy of the city.
“We’re looking for young people who live, work, study, or play in the City of Mount Gambier area to actively participate in the YAG through regular meetings and support the delivery of activities and events that the YAG wants to deliver” City of Mount Gambier Strategic Recreation Coordinator Hayley Rowe said.
“If you want to build on your existing skills, meet new people, advocate for what’s important to you and do something about it, this is a great opportunity for you.”
“It is well documented that meaningful youth participation helps to build self confidence, self esteem and leadership skills, leading to more effective decision making.”
Council received a $5000 Children and Youth Engagement Grant from the Commissioner for Children and Young People in 2023. The YAG’s first project will be to activate the youth space at the Wulanda Recreation and Convention Centre with the funds.
We need ideas of what to do in this space, which is pretty much a blank canvas. It could be painting a mural on the walls, delivering workshops/events/activities during the summer holiday break, or buying consoles/equipment to use in the room for drop in sessions – it’s totally up to the YAG. - City of Mount Gambier Strategic Recreation Coordinator Hayley Rowe.
Interested young people are encouraged to apply to be part of the group at Have Your Say Mount Gambier.
“We’re asking those who may be interested to have a chat with two people who can act as referees on their behalf, and to complete a short online application form.”
Council will review the applications received and assess them to form a diverse YAG that represents the community and has the skills and ambition to get things happening.
The first meeting of the YAG is expected to be held in September 2023.
“Once the Wulanda activation project is complete, the group will continue to work with Council to activate other spaces such as the Library.”
Visit Have Your Say Mount Gambier for further details.
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