The Youth Council members include representatives of Invercargill secondary schools and acts as a voice for youth when the Invercargill City Council wants to hear views and opinions of young people. It is open to young people aged from 12 to 24 who put themselves forward for nomination.
The Youth Council, which has existed since 1998, meets fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons. Meeting procedures are formal with minutes and agendas – but the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. It elects its own chairperson at the beginning of each year.
The Youth Council’s goals are to:
- Engage young people in Invercargill City to have a voice in decision making.
- Ensure young people know the Youth Council exists for them to have a voice.
- Facilitate events and projects to involve young people and make our city a better and more vibrant place to live.
The 2017 Youth Council
The members are involved in youth-related activities and conferences in New Zealand, including Youth Week, an annual event held in May. Funding for such activities and participation is provided by the Invercargill City Council. Other responsibilities include informing the Council on certain issues, suggesting solutions to issues, sharing information and experiences with others, learning about the functions and decision-making processes of the Council and – most importantly – building new friendships and having fun!
How do I get heard? Contact the Youth Council if you would like it to act for you on an issue or inquiry. For example: You might have job opportunities for youth, be looking for guidance and assistance with organising a youth group in your community or want to find out about sports, arts and cultural scholarships for youth.
How do I become a Youth Council member? If you are interested in youth issues contact Ms Mary Napper on (03) 211 1669.
Awards for two Invercargill members
Invercargill City Youth Council members Stephen Jones and Hayden Scott-Chambers have been awarded awarded 2016 Youth Awards for their hard work, the Southland Times reports.
Jones, a James Hargest College student, was on the flag consideration panel for the flag referendum earlier this year. He was named as a winner in the leadership category. Scott-Chambers is a school leaver and is in his fourth year on the Invercargill City Youth Council. Scott-Chambers was a recipient in the youth with disability category. Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie said Jones and Scott-Chambers had both made outstanding contributions to the Invercargill community.