The interests of young Queenslanders will be better represented through an exciting new youth ambassadors program, launched as part of National Youth Week celebrations.
Communities Minister Tracy Davis said six outstanding young leaders would be selected to represent each of the areas of connection in the Queensland Youth Strategy.
“This new program will showcase, celebrate and acknowledge young people who are working hard to reach their potential, as well as those who are inspiring or supporting other young people to do the same,” Ms Davis said.
“The strategy delivers on our election promise to revitalise frontline services for families.
“The six areas of connection in the Queensland Youth Strategy are family, friends and social networks; education, training and employment; health and wellbeing; volunteering and participation; supports and services; and arts and culture.”
Ms Davis said the Newman Government’s Queensland Youth Strategy outlined how the government would enable connections for young people.
“Unlike the former Labor Government, whose only policy for youth was a statement based on using social media, the Newman Government has a real plan to connect young people as outlined in the comprehensive Queensland Youth Strategy,” she said.
“This young ambassador’s program is the next step to bringing the government’s strategy to life.
“There are many young people across Queensland, and within our local community, who are leading the way – living the values and goals of the strategy, as well as being excellent role models.”
Nominations are open for young ambassadors aged 12 to 21. The six selected ambassadors will each receive a $1,000 bursary for personal or professional development, and will be supported to attend a personal development workshop in Brisbane.
PCYC State Youth Programs Manager Stephen Tilston said the ambassador program aligned with PCYC’s vision to enhance Queensland communities through youth development.
“I am fully supportive of the Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors Program, it’s a great opportunity for young people to legitimately connect with government policy and provide their perspective and leadership,” Mr Tilston said.
“Being able to access a $1,000 bursary to support the young ambassador through personal or professional development is a win: win.”
The ambassadors will be acknowledged for their achievements on International Youth Day on 12 August 2014.
Youth Week runs until 13 April under the theme Our Voice. Our Impact. It is jointly funded by the state and Commonwealth governments.
For more information on the Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors program, including details on how to apply, visit www.qld.gov.au/youth