Southern Downs Young Leaders running a council meeting.
Southern Downs Young Leaders running a council meeting. Contributed

Council seeks future young leaders of the Southern Downs

IF YOU are an enthusiastic young person between the ages of 15 and 25 and live in the Southern Downs Region, why not consider becoming a Young Leader?  

If you would like to get involved in youth concerts, youth week activities, leadership training, skate tours and other events, then the Southern Downs' Young Leaders Program is for you.  

Southern Downs Regional Council is committed to supporting the Young Leaders in 2016 in addressing the issues and needs of the young people within our region.  

This is a chance for young people to make a change to the often heard "there is nothing to do in this place", by making something happen.  

The Young Leaders Program is an opportunity for youth to use their initiative to identify exciting projects for the community.  

With the support of Council and the youth workers, Young Leaders develop various skills which are perfect for professional development and great for a resume.  

The Young Leaders also have the opportunity to work in a fantastic team environment.  

Southern Downs Regional Council's Manager Community Services Mrs Sheila Stebbings encourages young people of a broad range of abilities and backgrounds to apply.  

"Through the Young Leaders program we want to build partnerships across the region, develop opportunities and encourage participation to ensure that our diverse range of young people have a voice and the support to become more independent and self-determining individuals.  

"In previous years Young Leaders have organised hike challenges, art competitions, engagement forums, skirmish, festivals and Skate/BMX tours just to name a few.

In the last few years highlights have included an inspirational lunch as part of Disability Action Week, the Young Entrepreneurs Seminar, and Rockin' EDGEFest.  

"The program also addresses the more serious issues within our region with young leaders tackling social issues that affect young people including homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse and violence", Mrs Stebbings said.  

The Young Leaders also support a variety of major community events and have had a say on Planning schemes, Master Plans and the Youth Policy within Southern Downs Regional Council.  

If you are interested in becoming part of the Young Leaders Program in 2016, please contact Council's Youth Development Officer, Hailey Cosh on 1300 697 372.  

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday, 6 November 2015.  

Applications are available on Council's website at southern-downs-young-leaders.  

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