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Young People
 

Our approach

We value the support of young people and encourage their involvement in decision-making. In 2016, 16.9% of people from the Georges River area were aged between 12 and 24.

Our youth services are based on empowerment, purposeful engagement, and inclusiveness. We want to ensure that the voices of young people are heard. 
 

Community Development Programs and Initiatives

We know that the needs of local young people are addressed through appropriate services. We partner with local organisations to support the learning and development of local youth. We offer various programs that showcase the positive contributions that young people make within our community. These programs build leadership and creativity skills, while also celebrating inclusion and diversity.   

We partner with local organisations and support community programs. We do this through coordinating a network of youth sector professionals called the St George Youth Network. 
 

Youth Advisory Committee

The Georges River Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) allows young people to work with us and have their voices heard, while also addressing their needs and goals. The YAC plans and delivers programs and events for young people in our local government area. The YAC has helped us deliver events such as Short Stuff Film Festival, Georges River Youth Literary Awards, It’s a Mood Youth Festival, live music events, movie nights, and sporting activities.  

The YAC is involved in Youth Week by offering leadership in the development of events. They provide advice for a range of areas, from what events will be offered and when, the selection of venues and the talent. The YAC also provide feedback and advice on programs held in Georges River Libraries and Hurstville Museum & Gallery to ensure that youth programs align with current trends and ambitions. 

The YAC are passionate about improving outcomes for local youth. They do this through advocacy and direct involvement in projects designed to support fellow young people. See the below video that the YAC created to support young people with managing their mental health. 



Further information on the YAC is available in the YAC terms of reference. If you’re interested in being a part of the YAC, fill in the YAC application form and send it to us via email.
 

Support Services

For more information, see our Community Support Service Directory page.  

​For further information on our youth programs and services, please contact Council on (02) 9330 6400 or email our Child Protection and Youth Services Officer.


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