Council is looking for young people aged 15-25 who live, work or study in the Macedon Ranges to get involved in the recently revamped “Youth Ambassador Program”.
The new look program includes two innovative initiatives: ‘Green Means Go’ and ‘Leaders in the Loop’.
Green Means Go gives funding and project support to young people who have a passion project they want to get started, or one they want to keep going by offering:
- financial support of up to $1,000 for selected projects
- worker time and skills support through a series of project ‘cluster’ workshops.
Leaders in the Loop gives young people a seat and a say by:
- bringing young leaders into consultation and decision making loops
- enabling young leaders to feedback directly to decision makers in the community
- offering payment to young leaders for their time and input into consultations.
Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson said Council recognises that our youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, are also leaders of today, and should be included and recognised for this important role and the significant input they bring.
“The Youth Ambassador Program is about actively consulting, engaging and considering young people in Council’s decision-making, promoting the views of young people across the community and supporting projects that they are passionate about and determine are needed in the community.
“Last year Council, in conjunction with our youth, reviewed and remodelled the program, which was an important step in supporting young people who are showing initiative in the community, and letting them know we want to hear from them, we value their input and their contribution to the work we do at Council and in the community.
“Hopefully the new look program will capture the imagination of our young people to energise, inspire and support them in following their passions and ensuring the activities on offer are relevant and useful for young people in the shire,” she said.