New group helps youth make positive change

Published on Wednesday 1 August, 2018

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A fresh approach to building young leaders has been embraced by the City of Gosnells, which has launched a new youth group called Young Change Makers.

The group replaces the City’s Youth Advisory Council, or GOZYAC as it was best known, and focuses on giving young people a chance to make a positive contribution to their community.

Members meet weekly during school term at The Castle Youth Space in Thornlie and next month, the City’s Mayor Glenn Dewhurst will join them for a special session to discuss issues affecting young people and ways they can become involved in local activities.

“It’s important to develop leadership and social skills in our youth – they need opportunities to show the good things they’re capable of and Young Change Makers is all about providing them with support to become our next leaders,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“Young people are dealing with complex issues and through Young Change Makers, the City is providing a youth-friendly and relevant service that will allow them to learn valuable skills to help them thrive now and in their adult life.”

The group’s activities are based on building capacity in a range of areas, including public speaking, social impact and emotional intelligence, as well as developing strategies for managing issues such as mental health and bullying.

Young Change Makers is for 12 to 22 year olds. Meetings are held on Mondays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at The Castle Youth Space, 21 Discovery Drive, Thornlie and afternoon tea is provided.

Weekly sessions also include event planning and youth consultation and a Leadership Camp will be held during the September school holidays.

For more details, call 9397 3000 or visit the City’s youth website www.thehive.net.au.