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BLUE MOUNTAINS YOUTH EMPOWERED FOR ACTION

10 Nov 2015

Blue Mountains Youth Councillors are now further empowered to inspire and support our local youth following their attendance at the 2015 NSW Youth Council Conference recently.

Hosted by the Eurobodalla Youth Committee, the successful conference was attended by 130 young people from various rural and city councils in NSW - all set on the stunning coast of the Bateman’s Bay region. Youth listened to inspirational guest speakers and discussed the needs of young people in their own communities. The theme for the conference was 'Create, Collaborate, Change'.

Seven Blue Mountains conference delegates - Lem Appel, Grace Faulder, Joey Jones-Romeo, Ruby Moria, Paul Mukhin, Sasha Titovs, and Brodie Wylde - developed their capacity to facilitate change in their communities; listened to the experiences of others already making changes, learned how to start community projects, and increased their knowledge about available resources.

These Youth Councillors will now share their knowledge with the other Blue Mountains Youth Councillors to enable the success of their future projects, with a focus on the local environment, social justice issues, and public art.

Blue Mountains Youth Councillor and conference delegate, Brodie Wylde, said, “An important part of working with our local youth is to create a sense of belonging, feel supported, feel safe and have fun together.

We are setting up practical and inclusive ways to do this so that we can all get together, do great activities, plus introduce improvements for the youth of the Blue Mountains.”

Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “I am excited and encouraged by the energy and vision of the new Blue Mountains Youth Council.

I have no doubt their efforts will build on their predecessors and create positive change for young people in our City.”

To see videos and photos of the conference event and find out more about the Youth Council, follow them on Facebook by searching ‘Blue Mountains Youth Council’. You can also see more online at http://bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/youthcouncil

Photo: Blue Mountains Youth Council delegates and guardians worked hard and had plenty of fun at the 2015 NSW Youth Council Conference in the Eurobodalla Shire (L-R) Lem Appel, Joey Jones-Romeo, Paul Mukhin, Brodie Wylde, Grace Faulder, Anita Kazis, Sasha Titovs, Kees de Koster and Ruby Moria.


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