City of Swan looking for injection of youth


Youth Power members Connor McKee, John Gilks, John Paul Botha and Phornchita Sullivan.
Youth Power members Connor McKee, John Gilks, John Paul Botha and Phornchita Sullivan.

THE City of Swan’s new youth leadership group is seeking new members.

The Youth Power is currently made up of seven young people from across the City of Swan, who work towards making sure young people can make a difference in their community and are recognised and valued.

Mayor Mick Wainwright said the City of Swan was committed to making sure young people had opportunities to actively participate in the community.

“Earlier in the year, I attended a Clean Up Australia Day event at Coal Dam Park in Woodbridge that the young people from Youth Power had organised,” he said.

“It was great to see young people taking responsibility for caring for the environment and encouraging others to do the same.”

Youth Power member Connor McKee has been part of the group since November last year, after competing in the City’s annual Youth Out Loud public speaking competition.

“In Youth Power, we want to represent young people from all over our community,” he said.

“To do this, we listen to what other young people have to say, what ideas they have and what’s important to them and then look at ways of putting some of those ideas into action.

“This year’s Youth Out Loud final is coming up on Friday, September 9, and we’ll be making sure we’re listening to what other young people think is important and we’ll be looking for ideas on what else can be done in our community.”

Connor said they were looking for other young people who want to make a difference in their community to join the group.

“Youth Power is about creating opportunities to raise the profile of young people through project-based action that benefits the community,” he said.

“If you want to make a difference and represent young people, we want you.”

Applications to join Youth Power close on Friday, September 16.

Young people aged 12 to 25 and who live, work, attend school or belong to a club in the City of Swan are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/youthpower.