Inaugural Youth Summit sparks project ideas
Student leaders from across the Shire have made recommendations to Council on actions to support young people locally at the inaugural Nillumbik Youth Summit. More than 50 students from Diamond Valley College, St Helena Secondary College, Eltham High School, Catholic Ladies College, and Montmorency Secondary College attended the summit on Wednesday 25 May to discuss the topics that matter most to Nillumbik’s young people.
Keynote speakers included writer and transgender rights activist Nevo Zisin, Australian Paralympian Jaryd Clifford and Hayden Rujak Founder of local charity Hayden’s Helping Hands.
Participants made a number of recommendations for action including a youth hub, gender equity working group, solar panels in schools, comprehensive sex education, parent education sessions and recycling workshops. The recommendations were presented to the Mayor, senior Council staff and representatives from local youth services.
The Youth Summit was designed by young people for young people who are passionate about leadership, advocacy and the community in response to Council’s Youth Strategy 2022-2026. The Strategy provides an integrated approach to ensuring Council continues to value and incorporate young people into Council by providing meaningful opportunities for young people, valuing their contributions and empowering them to help shape our community.
If your school is interested in hearing more about the Youth Summit outcomes please reach out via Youth@Nillumbik.vic.gov.au