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The Central Goldfields Youth Council is a group of 14 young people from 14 to 23 years old who advocate for and represent the voice of young people across Central Goldfields Shire.
You can apply for a place on the Youth Council in 2024 and become a voice for young people. Applications are now open, until 5pm Thursday 15 February.
Youth Councillors have a unique opportunity to help build the skills and connections to grow as young leaders.
Explore the possibilities below:
The Youth Council program is open to young people aged 14 - 23, who live, work, study, or play in the Central Goldfields region. This means you don't have to live in Central Goldfields to apply, but you must be involved in the local community.
Young people aged over 18 are required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (volunteer level) and Police Check to serve on the Youth Council (at no cost, and useful to have). Support staff can help you apply for these checks if needed.
The Central Goldfields Youth Council program has three main goals:
The members of the Youth Council in 2022/23 were from different backgrounds, communities, and experiences.
Since its beginning in July 2022 our Youth Council worked hard to create change for local young people.
The Youth Council program is funded by the Victorian Government, through the Engage! program.
Every Youth Council is different, and activities change depending on the issues they want to prioritise and he skills they want to develop. Some examples of what the 2022-23 Youth Council did include:
The first step is to fill out an application when they open in the new year (2024). Once applications then close, they are shortlisted and checked to make sure they meet eligibility requirements.
Shortlisted applicants are then invited to a short interview with representatives from Council and the community. This interview is a chance to hear more about why you want to be involved, what you're passionate about, and how you might aim to work together with others.
Yes - because there is a limit of 14 places in the program, applications are competitive. Youth Council is more about young people's passion, ideas, and desire to speak up for other young people in the community than about experience. If you care about making Central Goldfields a better place for young people, we want you to apply, even if you've never done something like this before!
The 2024 Youth Council program will run from February to December. Youth Councillors are expected to attend, at minimum:
All other additional time commitments, opportunities, or activities that occur during the program are voluntary.
While there is a minimum commitment to be involved in Youth Council, we recognize that young people have other commitments in their lives and work with Youth Councillors to ensure their participation does not overburden or disadvantage them.
The first Youth Council served for 18 months from July 2022 – December 2023, and involved 15 young people from communities across the region
The next Youth Council will serve from February – December 2024. Applications are now open, until 5pm Thursday 15th February.
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See our 2023 Youth Council