Meet our Youth Council

Bridget Dudin, Central Southland College

What do you like best about being a Youth Councillor?
Getting to know students from other schools and different backgrounds. I love hearing what they do in their communities and it gives me an idea of what I can do back home. I enjoy meeting them all - and the dynamics of our meetings always provide a bit of entertainment!

What has been your biggest achievement as a Youth Councillor?
I loved being part of the LeadLab Southland project, especially the beach clean up in Riverton. I feel personally that I have gotten to know fellow members and my involvement within my own community behind the scenes has increased, which is an achievement for me.

Why should other young people put their hand up to get involved in Youth Council?
Give it a go, you never know what you are capable of. You meet new people, you have a vast range of new opportunities with plenty of exciting things to do. You get an insight into local council, you realise that we as the youth do play a huge part in the future so our opinions and ideas are valued. It's about us speaking up and not being afraid to put ourselves out there.

 

Chloe Gorton, Aparima College

What do you like best about being a Youth Councillor?
Being involved with the Southland District Council and planning events in and around the community.

What has been your biggest achievement as a Youth Councillor?
Building my skatepark shelter, as part of the LeadLab Southland project.

Why should other young people put their hand up to get involved in Youth Council?
Because it's a great experience, and you'll become more aware of what is happening in the community.

 

Sophia Humphries, Fiordland College

What do you like best about being a Youth Councillor?
The thing I like best about being a Youth Councillor is actually meeting the other councillors and seeing all the potential that everybody has.

What has been your biggest achievement as a Youth Councillor?
The biggest achievement was working on the LeadLab Southland project, where we carried out projects in our communities and then came together for a work day in Riverton with the schools and other members of the community.

Why should other young people put their hand up to get involved in Youth Council?
Because you can help contribute to making your community better for the other youth.

Robbie Grove,
Aparima College

What did you like best about being a Youth Councillor?
It gives the opportunity to work with leading members of other schools in the District.

What has been your biggest achievement as a Youth Councillor?
Promoting community spirit within my community and helping others with their own projects when they need a hand.

Why should other young people put their hand up to get involved in Youth Council?
Youth Council provides the opportunity for students to steer aspects of their communities in the directions they would like to see them moving. It's a chance to meet new people with fantastic ideas and to learn to work as a team to achieve goals.

 

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