Young people from across Greater Geelong are encouraged to consider running for the City’s Youth Council.
After a successful first term, nominations for the 2020 Greater Geelong Youth Council are now open.
The Youth Council is open to young people aged between 12 and 17 years’ old who wish to serve as the voice of youth on the official Advisory Committee of Council.
It features equal representation from across the region, with three members from each of the four Council wards.
The 2020 Youth Council will continue the great work of the inaugural Youth Council, which was established in January 2019.
The Youth Council provides an opportunity for the voice of Geelong’s youth to be considered in the decision making of Council.
It will see youth councillors provide advice to Council on specific issues, attend and participate in Youth Council meetings with the support of Councillors and the City’s Youth Development team, and attend and be part of local community events.
Nominees will be voted on by members of youth advisory groups within their ward, with the 12 successful candidates to elect the Junior Mayor.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
live in the Greater Geelong local government area. Check your eligibility now:
- aged between 12 and 17 years at the time of nomination;
- be able to attend 80 per cent of meetings;
- be able to participate in Youth Council Induction on Thursday 23 January 2020;
- submit your own nomination; and
- submit a parent or guardian consent to participate at the time of nominating.
Eligible young people can nominate by searching ‘Youth Council’ on geelongaustralia.com.au
Nominations are now open, and will close Sunday 5 January 2020.
Quotes attributed to Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher:
“The Geelong Youth Council is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn about local government, advocate on important issues, receive mentoring and provide advice to council.
Our young people are full of ‘clever and creative’ ideas, which could go towards helping to shape the region’s future. I encourage young people aged between 12-17 to apply to become part of our city’s ‘official youth voice’.”