Youth Council’s second report to Council has advocated for more dedicated social infrastructure and mental health support for young people in Greater Geelong.
Junior Deputy Mayor Ashley Delaney prepared the second report, which was noted by Council on Tuesday 9 June.
The report highlighted the group’s recent activity, which has involved monthly meetings via video link, mentoring sessions with councillors, and selecting winners of the Native Vegetation Mascot and Youth Postcard Project competitions.
Youth Council has also established an Instagram account to better engage with their peers on a social media platform.
The report encouraged Council to consider the needs of young people in the draft Social Infrastructure Plan, which aims to provide more access to places and services, and look at developing more dedicated youth spaces like The fOrT Youth Centre.
As part of Youth Council’s priority area of mental health and wellbeing, the report also advocated for more facilitator training and promotion of the City’s Mental Health First Aid course, which is available to young people, parents, caregivers and teachers in Greater Geelong.
Since the course began in 2019, it has educated 3300 people in recognising the signs of mental illness and providing support in a crisis situation. To participate in the City’s Mental Health First Aid course, contact [email protected]
Youth Council will now turn its attention to the 2020 Geelong Youth Awards, which will be announced via an online presentation on 24 July.
The awards recognise and celebrate young people who have made, or who are currently making, significant contributions in the areas of leadership, equality, inclusion, diversity, education, and the arts.
Nominations close on Friday 19 June. Find more information about the award categories and the nomination form.
Youth Council’s third report will be presented to Council in August.
Greater Geelong Mayor - Stephanie Asher
We thank the Junior Deputy, Junior Mayor and Youth Council for their second report and congratulate the junior members for continuing to meet via video link and represent their peers throughout the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Councillors have enjoyed taking part in mentoring sessions and learning about what matters to youth councillors most, including the priority areas of ‘mental health and wellbeing’, ‘environment and sustainability’ and ‘safe and accessible communities’.
We really value the input of Youth Council and respect their role as a youth voice for young people in Greater Geelong. I look forward to working together and following Youth Council’s progress in the second half of the year.
Deputy Chair, Leadership and Governance portfolio - Cr Kylie Grzybek
We really value the input of the Youth Council and respect its role as a youth voice for young people in Greater Geelong.
The junior councillors’ recommendations after less than six months in the role are amazing. We support them in encouraging more young people to access the City’s Mental Health First Aid program. I’m also interested in looking at more dedicated safe spaces for young people, as the fOrt space in the northern suburbs is the only one in the region.
I congratulate the work of the Youth Council to date and continue to welcome its feedback over the coming months.