The Horowhenua Youth Council is seeking new members for 2018

Published on 12 October 2016

Youth Voice recruitment

The Youth Council, also known as Youth Voice, consists of approximately 12 representatives, aged from 13 to 19 years of age.

Their role is to identify and help solve issues that affect young people, through Horowhenua District Council’s Youth Action Plan.

Youth Development Advisor, Sophie Parrant says members gain valuable skills by participating in team-building exercises, event management, volunteering for community group projects and fundraising, as well as gaining a valuable insight into governance.

"We are looking for young people who are passionate about Horowhenua and want to make an impact on behalf of their generation, inside and outside of the local government setting,” he said.

“Youth Voice gives our young people a channel to express their needs and share their vision for Horowhenua.”

Miss Parrant said that Youth Voice provides the “ultimate youth consulting group”.

“This year they were offered a place in Horowhenua’s Civil Defence Leadership Camp, known as ‘Project Resilience’, that took place at the Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre in March, members of Youth Voice went on a free 3 day camp where they gained valuable skills in leadership and emergency resilience” she said.

“In return they go through huge growth in civic leadership, public speaking and a whole range of other skills.”

Successful Youth Voice candidates will be offered a place in Horowhenua’s new youth leadership project ‘Tuwhitia Te Hopo’ programme, where young people will take part in targeted training to build young people’s leadership capacity in the spaces of mental health, cultural awareness and suicide prevention. Young people will then complete 20 volunteer hours in the community in the space of peer to peer mentoring.

Youth Voice applications are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 15 December 2017. To download an application form, visit the Youth Voice page.

For more information, contact Youth Development Advisor Sophie Parrant on (06) 366 0999 or