The Northern Rivers Youth Advisory Council are a voice for young people in the Northern Rivers.
They have developed a survey to find out info about young people in the Northern Rivers – who they are, what they do, where they live & what matters to them. Just like the national census, but instead created by young people in the Northern Rivers! They want to hear from all young people, so there are two great prizes on offer to help get the word out. First prize is an Apple IPAD, and 2nd prize is a ticket to the Byron Bay Blues Festival!
Link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YOUTHCENSUSnorthernrivers
Why is the Youth Census important?
The Youth Census is a chance for young people in the Northern Rivers to have a say about what’s important to them. The Census will gather the following information:
- General info: age, location, gender
- Housing and homelessness
- Transport needs
- What’s important to us
- What are our major concerns, and what we think should be done about them
- Work and study
- Sports and recreation
The most important thing is for as many young people as possible to find out about the survey and complete it so as to get a greater understanding of what young people’s needs can be.
Can anyone see the results?
Yes. Census results will be open to everyone through their facebook page in November 2011: find them by searching for Northern Rivers Youth Advisory Council and give them a ‘like’.
What is the Northern Rivers Youth Advisory Council?
The Northern Rivers Youth Advisory Council was established in 2011 as a voice for young people in the region. They currently have members representing Casino, Kyogle, Ballina, Evans Head, Lismore and Tweed. Their dream is to raise awareness of youth issues and inspire young people to make their own change, bridging the gap between young people and the wider community.
What does the NRYAC do?
The NRYAC represents youth voices in the region. Their first major project has been the development of the Northern Rivers Youth Census, but they have also begun to advocate and lobby for the inclusion of young people in local, regional, state and national planning and projects. They have connections with the Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition, with Sustain Northern Rivers, and with local, state and federal politicians. They have also met with Greg Combet about regional climate change issues.
In 2012 the NRYAC would like to run a project or event about youth, drugs and mental health, which they see as a really important issue in our region. Through this project they hope to raise awareness amongst young people about the links between drug use and mental illness, and link young people with mental health and other support services close to them. Where those services aren’t available, they hope to lobby for support so that no young person misses out on vital health and support programs.
Applications for the 2012 NSW Youth Advisory Council:
The NSW Youth Advisory Council is calling for applications from young people to be on the 2012 Council. Applications close at 5pm, Monday 24 October 2011.
Send your completed form to:
Fax: (02) 9995 0428
Post: The Executive Officer
NSW Youth Advisory Council
Office of Communities,
Department of Education and Communities
GPO BOX 7060
Sydney NSW 2001
If you require further information about the application proccess, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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