Youngsters get advisory role

Daniel and Chris with Commissioner for Children and Young People Jenni Perkins.
Daniel and Chris with Commissioner for Children and Young People Jenni Perkins.

This year, one of the groups is a posse of 12 to 17-year-olds who use the services at the Stratton Edge youth centre in the City of Swan. The youth and drop-in centre is administered by the Rise Network.

Exploring and documenting what it means to be a young person in the eastern suburbs of Perth will be the focus of the group.

About 150 young people attend Rise Network’s Stratton Edge youth centre and the selected advisors recently met Ms Perkins for the first time.

The youth were participating in the first phase of their project, which involves a series of urban art workshops aimed at exploring their personal and collective place in the community and redesigning an outdoor area for recreational activities in Stratton.

The group will also hold research to create a community profile of youth and create a film that gives them an opportunity to speak about what they like and what concerns them in their community.

Ms Perkins said people at Stratton Edge were very friendly and enthusiastic.

‘I heard that many of the local young people enjoy their youth centre as a local meeting place,’ Ms Perkins said.

Advisory committees are one of the ways the Commissioner hears the views of WA children and young people every year.

The information they provide is used to help guide the work of the Commissioner’s office.