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Youth Council Application

Mission

The Warrnambool Youth Council exists to advocate the opinions, issues and concerns of young people with the goal of enhancing opportunities and outcomes for the youth of Warrnambool. This will be achieved through collaboration, actively encouraging youth development and participation, and by promoting young people as integral members of our community.

Vision

The Warrnambool Youth Council aspires to be a proactive team of up to 16 young people, aged from 12 – 21 years, who undertake peer and community leadership roles and who are aware and connected to youth, Council and the community. As Warrnambool is an ever-growing city, the Youth Council will progress simultaneously and be a visible, sustainable and unfaltering voice for youth in our community.

Guiding Themes

Connection and Collaboration
Connect and collaborate with Council, service providers, young people and the wider community to alleviate youth concerns and issues by increasing youth focused opportunities and activities.
Leadership
Initiate and contribute to leadership opportunities that promote youth development and participation (e.g. youth forums, mentoring, peer support)
Citizenship
Encourage and enhance the rights and responsibilities of young people to live in a safe, healthy and inclusive community.
Communications
Actively promote youth council and youth issues to increase the recognition of young people in our community.

What does commitment to the Youth Council look like?

The Youth Council meets fortnightly during school terms. These meetings can be attended either face-to-face at the Archie Graham Centre on Timor St or via Zoom. On occasions meetings, activities, and events need to be conducted on weekends or during school holidays, wherever possible advance notice is given for this. Youth Councillors are expected to attend 80% of Youth Council meetings, activities, and events. Youth Councillors are also expected to undertake the tasks involved in bringing Youth Council projects to life.
Members of the Youth Council will be appointed annually, with the maximum period a Youth Councillor can serve being four years.

Examples of recent Youth Council activities include:

  • Redesigning the Warrnambool and Moyne Youth Awards to recognise the values of Kindness, Resilience, Responsibility, Passion, Cooperation
  • Delivering the 2020 Warrnambool and Moyne Youth Awards livestream
  • 2020 Community Mental Health Check In
  • Covid-19 Mental Health Campaign (think those beautiful banners on the round-abouts and across the Civic Green)
  • 20 Activities in 20 Days
  • Laying a wreath at Anzac Day and Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Applications for the 2021 Youth Council are now closed.
Information about applications for the 2022 Youth Council will be shared on this page in early 2022.

 

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