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Youth Council

The Youth Council is a formal advisory group made up of young individuals between the ages of 12 – 22, living, working, or studying within the municipality.

The Youth Council meet monthly, and some of their key responsibilities include: 

  • providing valuable advice to Council on matters affecting young people
  • creating opportunities for young people to engage with the Council and have their voices heard
  • advocating for the interests, challenges, and opportunities faced by young people in our municipality
  • offering input and feedback on relevant matters referred from the Council before formal decisions are made.

Meet our Youth Council

Meet the 13 young people who make up our Youth Council: 

My name is Angelica and I’m 14 years old. I joined the City of Whittlesea Youth Council because the prospect of amplifying the voices of the youth and contributing to the betterment of my wider community resonates deeply with my values, making this opportunity particularly compelling for me. The Youth Council allows me to involve myself in what I am most passionate about - active community involvement - and I believe it allows me to seamlessly utilise and enhance my leadership skills while engaging in hands-on initiatives to create a positive impact.

 

My name is Angela and I’m 18 years old. I joined the Youth Council as I am a keen participant in the community, and I have a strong passion for leadership and advocacy for my peers. Over the past two years, I have been lucky enough to be part of the process of developing the foundation of the Whittlesea Youth Council and I believe this advocacy body to be of upmost importance to young people.

 

My name is Bavleen and I am 14 years old. I have joined the City of Whittlesea Youth Council as I want to give back to the community where I live, study, play, and socialise. I want to do whatever I can for the youth, environment, and health of the City of Whittlesea. I want to be a voice for young people in the municipality and wish to raise and advocate for topics I am passionate about as I believe that my voice and the voices of other young people must be heard.

 

My name is Dean and I am a 15 year old proud young indigenous Wiradjuri man. I chose to join the City of Whittlesea Youth Council to attempt to help with issues that arise for youth across multiple communities and hopefully it's not to just help but to solve these problems and help out other young people. 

 

My name is Emily and I am 17 years old. As an individual with a strong interest in social issues, I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. My goal is to create a safe and welcome environment wherever I go, using my personal experience of overcoming various challenges to better understand and encourage those in my community who have also experienced feelings of isolation. The City of Whittlesea Youth Council allows me the opportunity to network and learn new skills that will help me in the future as I pursue my interests further.

 

My name is Esha and I’m 20 years old. I’m honoured to be joining the first cohort of the City of Whittlesea Youth Council. I have joined the Youth Council as I’m passionate about contributing to the growth, development and success of youth in our municipality. As a young woman of colour, I’m also keen to provide a unique voice on issues that concern our diverse community. I’m looking forward to the positive change our Youth Council will bring to the lives of young people in the City of Whittlesea.

 

My name is Kaynat and I am 19 years old. I have joined the Youth Council to ensure the problems facing the youth are brought to the table and are discussed upon with the intention to encourage effective change. Issues of climate change and youth wellbeing are of high concern to me. I look forward to representing the youth community.

 

My name is Masina and I am 21 years old. I was born and raised in Samoa. I moved to Australia in 2016. I have decided to join the youth council because of my passion to help and support the young generation who are in need of help. I have a great passion to be a voice of the youth for the better of the youth in our community. I am a very friendly and outgoing person. I love to interact with everyone. I hope that I can make an impact next year in my journey as a youth council in our community. 

 

My name is Mustafa and I am 15 years old. I joined the Whittlesea Youth Council due to my dedication to creating a safe space for young people in our community. With a demonstrated passion for youth empowerment in school leadership roles, I aspire to actively contribute to initiatives amplifying young voices and addressing crucial issues. In this dynamic role, I aim to help foster an supportive environment that nurtures growth and inclusivity. Let's embark on a journey to build a vibrant and progressive future for the youth in our city, creating lasting impact through collaboration and respect.

 

My name is Sandy and I am 21 years old. I am enthusiastic about becoming a member of the City of Whittlesea Youth Council, as I am committed to creating a secure, supportive, and inclusive environment for young individuals in our community. I strongly believe that every young person deserves a safe space where they can freely express themselves, engage in meaningful discussions, and receive guidance as they pursue their passions without fear of judgment or shame. Along with my background in music, I intend to inspire other young people who also want to pursue a career in music and help guide them through the hardships and obstacles I have faced as a musician.

 

My name is Sophie and I am 14 years old. I live within the City of Whittlesea municipality, which includes the Whittlesea Township. I was part of the Youth Advisory Committee for 2022/2023. I am passionate about politics and the environment. I decided to join the City of Whittlesea Youth Council because it would allow me to develop my leadership skills, meet new people and help other young people have their voices heard. I would love to use my knowledge of my time on the Youth Advisory Committee to help young people make a difference in our community.

 

My name is Tanya and I am 12 years old. I have joined the City of Whittlesea Youth Council with a deep-seated commitment to addressing the pressing environmental and sustainability challenges that confront young people today. Recognising the pivotal role that the youth play in shaping the future, I am driven by a passion to actively contribute to creating a more sustainable and resilient community. By engaging with the Youth Council, I aim to amplify the voices of young individuals and work collaboratively on initiatives that promote environmental stewardship, foster eco-conscious habits, and advocate for policies that prioritize the well-being of our planet.

 

My name is Zac and I am 16 years old. I am a passionate individual who loves leadership, collaboration, and community service. I find immense joy in helping others and continually striving to become the best version of myself. Being a City of Whittlesea Youth Councillor is the chance to continue building upon the foundations I've established during my two-year tenure with the City of Whittlesea Youth Advisory Committee.

 

Youth Council Meetings

To access the Agenda and Minutes for each meeting please select the title of a meeting.