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Applications open for innovative youth program

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 23 Nov 2021
Central Coast Council is inviting aspiring youth leaders to become members of the 'Youth for Youth' (or Y4Y) action team and make a difference to the lives of young people across the Coast.

Applications are now open for membership in the 2022 team - a group of 12 young people, aged 14-24, who will make youth-led initiatives and ideas happen in our community.

Council's Director Community and Recreation Services, Julie Vaughan said the program engages young people, empowering them to take action, be advocates for their peers and provide advice on Council initiatives from a young person's perspective.

"Council is committed to working with young people across the Central Coast to ensure they feel respected, included and valued as part of our community," Ms Vaughan said.

"Y4Y represents a fantastic opportunity for young people to have their voice heard and make a difference. We are looking for members who are keen to be actively involved in enhancing the Coast as a great place for young people to live work and play."

Council Administrator Rik Hart said the program is a great opportunity for applicants to develop their leadership and decision-making skills and effectively contribute to the community.

"Young people will be supported to develop their leadership skills, and drive initiatives and ideas that will benefit their peers across the region," Mr Hart said.

As part of the Y4Y team, members will meet regularly and work on a range of initiatives and development opportunities - from planning an annual youth forum to organising local youth-focussed events, attending a leadership camp, participating in leadership and skills-development programs and more.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend a welcome lunch in January, take part in a leadership camp in February 2022 and will play a part in Youth Week in April 2022.

Applications for the Y4Y program are open now and close 5pm 7 January 2022, with successful applicants announced mid-January.

For further information and to apply, visit here

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