Youth Council

Youth Council 2021

Our Youth Council is helping to shape the future of Wangaratta!

Youth Council is a group of up to 20 young people attending school between years 7-12 who'd like to meet regularly to discuss youth issues, help organise youth & community events, take part in leadership forums and self development activities. Our Youth Council gives a voice to young people and have input into Council decisions. Youth Councillors are appointed to one year terms and are empowered to:

  • Talk with other young people to find out what important issues they are facing.
  • Provide advice to Council to ensure young people’s voices are heard.
  • Undertake specific training and development to suit their individual interests.
  • Create and organise youth and community events and initiatives to make our young people feel safe, supported and engaged.
  • Work with other community groups to make our community a great place to be for everyone!

Applications for the 2022 Youth Council are now open and will close on 11 February 2022.

Want to be part of this? Please complete the Youth Council nomination form below!

Download the form here(PDF, 149KB)

Click here to view form.

Youth Council FAQ

Who is on Youth Council?

Up to 20 young people, 14-18 years old.

Who can be a member of Youth Council?

Any young person who works or studies in the Rural City of Wangaratta.

How do I apply to be part of Youth Council?

Complete the form on the Youth Council webpage above.

What are the applicant selection criteria?

Applicants will all be interviewed by the Youth Development Officer and another Council staff member. There is a series of questions which are like the questions on the application form. 

How long will I be on Youth Council?

Your term on youth council will be 12 months.

When are meetings held?

The meetings are held after school. Twice a month: one formal and one informal.

Is there a cost involved?

There is no cost to be in Youth Council. Just your time.

What is expected of Youth Council?

As part of Youth Council, you are expected to attend  meetings and training. You will also develop and deliver a community project or event. You'll also be involved in group activities for self-development, leadership training or forums. The You'll work with the Headspace reference group as well as have a rotating seat on the Grit and Resilience consortium.

What level of commitment is required?

We hope for at least 80% attendance. We understand about school and study but signing up for Youth Council is a commitment and it's disappointing when members don’t show up for meetings. Formal YC meetings need a minimum number of attendees for decision making and voting.

What tasks does the Youth Council have?

As a member of Youth Council, you will be responsible for running meetings and taking minutes. You’ll work together as a team on community projects and speak to other young people in our community to hear their views and opinions. 2022 YC will also be taking a leading role in developing our Youth Strategy. It’s a great opportunity to lead group discussion on what outcomes young people want for our Local Government Area.

Do I get any training as part of this role?

Yes, you will! Team building and leadership training. Governance training. Project management training, and Council media training. You’ll learn about Council branding, content creation, social media and tone of voice used across each of the platforms we utilise. Other training will be available as needed. Youth council is ever evolving and can cater to the needs of the individual young people in the team.

Will I have a uniform?

Youth Council meetings are held after school, most people come in their school uniform.  
There could possibly be a creative member of the group who'd  like to design a tee for YC to wear. The possibilities are endless.

You will get name badges.

What are the benefits of being on Youth Council?

Being a member of Youth Council will help to increase your confidence, skills and knowledge in leadership, advocacy, teamwork, local government, communication, and project management. The work you will be involved in will give you the opportunity to provide feedback, advice and views on issues that are important to you and other young people in your community You’ll build strong connections with other young people, local government and within your local community.  Plus, it’s a great experience to add to your CV!