Welcome to the YOUTH COUNCIL
So, what is the Youth Council?
The Youth Council is a group of Youth who meet fortnightly and talk about Youth related topics. These discussions will let the Wairarapa District Councils know what Youth want to see happen in their communities. These topics could be around things for youth to do, places to go, employment opportunities, training programmes, and anything else you would like to talk about that relates to the Wairarapa and its Young People. Youth Council has been really successful in running local events such as Youth Concerts, Speak Out Conferences, Youth Week events and much more. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your local government and give your community the youth voice it needs.
Youth Council has a facebook page if you want to check it out and feel free to message us if you have any questions.
So, who goes to these meetings?
Anyone aged 12-24 can apply. We want people representing the different viewpoints and backgrounds of Wairarapa’s youth, who have an interest in Wairarapa and Youth topics. If you can make meetings every month on a Monday or Tuesday evening, then apply! The Youth Team Co-ordinators will be there, and we will have a District Councilor Representative there on occasion. We can also get in people to give us more information on different topics if necessary and to help us with writing convincing submissions to the District Council.
Will I have to talk in front of the Council?
Only if you want to… There will be the opportunity to present ideas to the Council, but if that’s not your thing, that’s cool.
Will the Council listen to us?
The Councils are supportive of the young people living in their communities and will hear what we have to say, but do not have to take on recommendations. However we will work on how to present information to the District Council in a convincing way. The fact that we will be presenting as a group will help.
Do I have to be really good at School to apply?
No. We are looking for a wide diversity of young people living within the Wairarapa. What we really want are people who will come to meetings and can talk about youth related topics and are passionate about making positive change for young people in our communities.