From the successful Youth Week event held in May, the Our Futures Youth Project in George Town has recently launched two capacity building opportunities for local young people to engage in.  The George Town Youth Advisory Group provides a platform for young people to have a voice to shape decision makers in George Town, and the Seagulls to Chips Youth Leadership Program provides training and opportunities for young people to develop their skills and insights into building social impact.

The Seagulls to Chips Youth Leadership Program, which has been co-designed with local youth has recently commenced with 20 participants. Held on Tuesday afternoons, the program entails 12 leadership sessions delivered by experts in the field, mentoring the young people to create their own opportunities and events to be leaders in George Town.

During the month of June, the first formal meeting was held of the George Town Youth Advisory Group (official name coming soon!). 7 Local young people provided insight and advice to Councillor Heather Ashley and Councillor Winston Mason. Loads of topics were discussed as they begin the conversation of supporting our future.  Some of the discussions included street lighting, safety, creating youth drop in spaces, and issues around smoking and vaping.

The George Town Youth Advisory Group is open for young people aged 12-25 that live or attend school in the George Town municipality and that have a heart to help shape a positive future for all young people in the community. They are passionate about representing young people about issues, concerns and opportunities that can be generated at a local government level, whilst having a finger on the pulse of state and national influences.

The Our Futures Youth Project has a vision to increase the visibility of local young people, building their capacity and skills and increasing their opportunities to engage in meaningful decision-making across the George Town municipality.

The Our Futures Youth Project is delivered by the Future Impact Group which is funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund and auspiced by George Town Council.

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