Ensuring young people in Penrith are given every opportunity to be happy, healthy and productive is a key objective of Penrith City Council’s new Youth Action Plan.
The Youth Action Plan (YAP) is a strategic document which will frame the direction and focus of Council’s youth initiatives, services and programs over the next five years.
The YAP centres around four key themes which reflect the needs, priorities and ambitions raised by young people and the community in Council’s youth survey which ran last year.
Connection, Wellbeing, Access and Pathways were identified as being important in young people’s lives and these four themes underpin the actions for Council to work towards to achieve the best outcomes for young people.
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM said young people are an important part of Penrith and Council is committed to supporting them so they can reach their full potential.
“Young people represent a significant part of our local community with nearly half of Penrith’s population aged under 25 years*. Recognising and responding to their changing needs was a catalyst for the development of the Youth Action Plan,” Cr McKeown said
“We now have a strong plan which sets out key actions for Council to work towards to ensure we achieve the best outcomes for young people living in Penrith.
“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the development of this important document, the parents and carers, youth service providers and in particular the young people in Penrith,” Cr McKeown said.
The Youth Action Plan is available to view or download from Council’s website penrith.city/youth