Kiama young get chance to have a say

Kiama Council trainee youth worker Dylan Powell, Kiama High School students Ewan Bell, Damen Zapletall, Max Michell, Kirstyn Lake and Merize Vandermerwe with Kiama Council's Bonnie Hittmann, are working together to hold the Kiama Youth Forum. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kiama Council trainee youth worker Dylan Powell, Kiama High School students Ewan Bell, Damen Zapletall, Max Michell, Kirstyn Lake and Merize Vandermerwe with Kiama Council's Bonnie Hittmann, are working together to hold the Kiama Youth Forum. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

KIAMA Council is working with a group of Kiama High School students to run a Kiama Youth Forum and is hoping to attract locals aged 18-24 to join forces with the students for a brainstorming day on everything youth-related.

The event on Wednesday, July 30, starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3pm.

It will be co-facilitated by The Frank Team - an education, training and mentoring organisation that has experience in running local youth forums.

The Kiama Youth Forum is an activity of Kiama's Youth Belonging Project which encourages year 10 students to organise an event or activity that allows them to get involved in and help their community.

council's Youth Belonging Project co-ordinator Bonnie Hittmann said the Kiama Youth Belonging Project allows students to develop skills in community leadership, teamwork, communication, and decision making, to assist them in future community-based and employment roles.

"All the ideas that come from the forum will be gathered in a report which council will use to guide its future planning for youth matters.

"It will also identify other relevant stakeholders: transport providers, tourism operators, State Government agencies - and get them involved in making the ideas a reality."

Kiama High School student Max Michell said there were a number of issues.

"But basically we are concerned to hear about what Kiama has to offer in the future," he said.

"Apart from things like job security for young people, the perception of young people and the relationship between us and older citizens, and having more activities for young people are just a few things we would like to have discussed," he added.

Other topics on the agenda will include mental health, drug and alcohol-related issues, transport and support services.

Members of The Frank Team and Kiama's Youth Centre will introduce the topics, provide discussion points to get things started and then divide participants into small teams.

These teams will brainstorm and then share their thoughts and ideas with the rest of the participants.

There will be a free lunch and lucky door prizes.

Fore more information, contact Kiama Youth Centre on 4233 1276.

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