New youth advisory council appointed

Twelve of the state’s brightest young leaders have been appointed to the 2021-22 Youth Advisory Council, reaffirming the NSW Government’s commitment to embed the voices of children and young people in its work.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said the Youth Advisory Council provides young people with the opportunity to influence decisions that will create positive outcomes for their peers.

“There are many young people from all walks of life seeking to energise, lead and advocate for their generation and the best way to represent and serve our youth is to let their voice be heard,” Mr Henskens said.

“Members of the Youth Advisory Council will advise the NSW Government on issues that affect young people and share their vision for the future.”

Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said the Council will be a direct line to government on behalf of their peers and their communities.

“It is fantastic to see so many young people stepping forward so we can work together to implement their ideas and address their issues,” Mrs Taylor said.

Following an extensive recruitment process that saw 585 young people aged 12 to 24 apply, the new Youth Advisory Council will hold its first meeting online this weekend.

Members of the 2021-22 Youth Advisory Council include:

  • Mae Carroll – Grafton
  • Alyssa Horan – Mosman
  • Meika Lindsay – Royalla
  • Shahim Shabbir – Mount Druitt
  • Jayden Delbridge – Wadalba
  • Leila Mangos – Point Frederick
  • Lua Pellegrini – Toongabbie
  • Joe Vu – Canley Heights
  • David Ho – Wakeley
  • Katy Quinn – Lake Cargelligo
  • Oscar Ryan – Port Kembla
  • Stassi Austin – Cootamundra

Throughout their one-year term, the Youth Advisory Council will be supported by the Advocate for Children and Young People Ms Zoë Robinson.

“Every year the members of the NSW Youth Advisory Council provide practical and valuable advice to government. I look forward to working with the 2021-22 Council and supporting them in their good work,” Ms Robinson said.

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