International Youth Day is held each year on 12 August and allows us to celebrate the qualities of young people and their contribution to society.
It is also a day to ensure young people’s voices, actions and initiatives are heard on issues that are important to them. Key to this is encouraging young people to actively participate in their community and work together to raise awareness of their issues and interests.
The City of Boroondara strives to be a city where young people are valued, happy, healthy and safe. We provide a variety of programs and services at the Boroondara Youth Hub and beyond for young people aged 12 to 25 who live, work, study or visit our municipality.
The Youth Hub is a place where young people can meet, take part in events and access support services in a safe environment. Activities range from hiring out a studio for podcast or music sessions, to taking part in Mario Kart tournaments or showing their art at the Gallery of Young Art.
There are also volunteering roles available for young people. One is Youth Voice, which helps young people develop leadership skills and participate in local government planning and decision-making.
Alan Wang has volunteered with the group since it was established in 2021, providing a young person’s perspective on Council plans and policies including the annual Budget and the Children and Young People’s Action Plan.
Alan says his involvement has been personally rewarding and has helped him gain a greater understanding of how Council and local community organisations work together.
“By being part of the group, I’ve made valuable friendships with other like-minded people, developed leadership skills and learnt important life lessons, which will help me in my future career,” says Alan.
“I’m looking forward to connecting with local schools and organisations through our committee to help make a positive difference for young people in our community and the future leaders of Boroondara.”