New Gosnells youth program builds young leaders

-(top-left to right): Indiana Faith Murphy, Gosnells mayor Glenn Dewhurst, Elizabeth “Liz” Gibson, Aishah Stephens, Joshua Shane (bottom left to right): Amal George and Patrick Needham. Picture-Jessica Nico
-(top-left to right): Indiana Faith Murphy, Gosnells mayor Glenn Dewhurst, Elizabeth “Liz” Gibson, Aishah Stephens, Joshua Shane (bottom left to right): Amal George and Patrick Needham. Picture-Jessica Nico

A CITY of Gosnells youth program has a new fresh name but the same important goal-to build the next generation of community leaders.

Young Change Makers is a new youth group that replaces the City’s Youth Advisory Council (GOZYAC) and aims to give local young people the opportunity to positively contribute to the community.

Activities include a discussion of youth issues with Gosnells mayor Glenn Dewhurst, public speaking, emotional intelligence, managing mental health and bullying, event planning, youth consultation and a leadership camp, which is scheduled for the September school holidays.

Mr Dewhurst said it was important to foster leadership and social skills in youth.

“They need opportunities to show the good things they’re capable of and Young Change Makers is all about providing them with support to become our next leaders,” he said.

“Young people are dealing with complex issues and through Young Change Makers the City is providing a youth-friendly and relevant service that will allow them to learn valuable skills to help them thrive now and in their adult life.”

The Young Change Makers is for local youth aged 12 to 22.

Meetings are held 3.30pm to 5.30pm every Monday during school term at The Castle Youth Space in Thornlie.

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