What Youth Want campaign to help shape youth services

The young people of Hobsons Bay have a chance to shape the opportunities available to them in the future through a unique campaign.

Hobsons Bay Town Council has launched a seven-week What Youth Want Pledge Campaign to help guide the planning of programs and services for young people in the town.

All young people between the ages of 10 and 25 who live, work, study, play or spend time in Hobsons Bay are encouraged to take part in the campaign and help identify what is important to them and what Hobsons Bay could do a better place to live. .

Young people can get involved by completing the short online survey and participating in a range of workshops and community events. Seniors can also have their say in a series of community workshops held across the city, including in Laverton, Altona and Newport.

The What Young People Want campaign was launched on International Youth Day on Friday 12 August and will run until the end of September. The information collected will be shared with the community and the young people who participated.

To celebrate the launch, the Council’s Youth Services team and partner Youth Gurus held workshops and events for 350 local primary and secondary school students on International Youth Day.

Hobsons Bay Mayor Cr Peter Hemphill said the town’s young people were an important and vibrant part of the community.

“There is no one better placed to tell us how the Council can provide better opportunities for young people than the young people themselves,” said Cr Hemphill.

“This campaign is a great opportunity for us to get to know our young people better and for them to shape what is available to them in their community. There are a few simple things we want them to share with us: what is important to you, what do you want or need in your community, and how can we help you thrive to be the best possible?

“It will be really valuable information, and the ideas, thoughts and concerns of young people about Hobsons Bay will help us make our town a better place to live.

“So I urge everyone between the ages of 10 and 25 to speak up. Tell us your big ideas for the city, tell us what you would like to see, what you wish you could do, what you likes and dislikes about Hobsons Bay This is a great opportunity to make our community a better place for you and future generations.

The community can participate in the What Young People Want campaign by visiting hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/whatyouthwant

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