Time for Youth Council to celebrate

The Invercargill City Youth Council will this week celebrate its 20-year history by burying a time capsule at Queens Park.

On Saturday, October 13, present and past members of the Youth Council will  bury the time capsule, which will include membership lists from the past two decades, an orientation package, annual reports, a selection of media stories and photos, the first Youth Council badge and this year’s badge, as well as some Invercargill-branded balloons.

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Youth Council unders chairperson Calvin Jenkins said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time on the Youth Council.

“It has been an awesome experience. It has been great to see all the projects that have taken place and all the great discussions to inform the community on what’s happening. I am looking forward to seeing what will happen next year.”

Community Development Manager Mary Napper said following the time capsule ceremony, those present will have a chance to share memories and congratulations on 20 years of providing a youth voice to the Invercargill City Council during an afternoon tea at the Cheeky Llama.

The Youth Council began when a group of young people filmed a video about life in Invercargill for young people. It has been amusing to look at this 20 years later and realise that some of the issues are still relevant today, although some have been addressed and some projects have been developed several times over since the Youth Council began, Ms Napper said.

“It makes sense that young people will always have dreams they strive to make reality, and that these dreams will change between generations, and between Councils.”

Those wishing to attend the celebration on Saturday should meet at the Cheeky Llama at 3pm.