Young ambassadors asked to step forward

By MADELEINE LOGAN

KELSEY Burt believes young people who want to make a difference should become young ambassadors. The 16-year-old has been on the young ambassador team for the past two years and is reapplying for a third term. We can help change the opportunities for youth, she said. In her two years, Kelsey has set an action plan for youth services and recommended budget allocations within the sector. "The program really helps with your people skills and project planning," she said. "It's heaps of fun." Kelsey said she had made ongoing friendships with a wide range of people through the program. Warwick Shire is looking for 12 new young ambassadors. Community youth worker Pam Burley said qualities necessary for the position included a social conscience, lots of heart and plenty of get-up-and-go. "The young people we are looking for will want to see change in the shire and with support from the Young Ambassadors Program and Council, those changes could happen," Mrs Burley said. "Former ambassadors have done everything from creating council's youth policy to organising a conference of young ambassadors from across the state." Ben Newall said his year on the young ambassador team was a great opportunity. "It gives you a good experience for the future, he said. I've learnt new skills and talents," he said. Ben heard about the program at a school assembley and thought he'd have a go at it. He said although he was not reapplying for a second term because of school commitments, he would still be involved with projects. Ambassadors form a young version of council and conduct monthly meetings. The program is open to 15 to 25-year-olds from Warwick, Allora, Killarney, Leyburn and Dalveen. Program organisers aimed to have diverse representation from students, employed, unemployed, young parents, indigenous and rural youth, as well as people with a disability. Mrs Burley said there was a lot to gain from becoming a Young Ambassador. "It is a fantastic opportunity to mix with other people, create new friendshiops, appreciate the sub-cultures that operate within our Shire, develop leadership skills and build self-confidence." Applicants should treat their nomination like a job application. Successful candidates will start work in February 2006. Applications are available from the youth office in Warwick Town Hall and local high schools.



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