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Council needs to hear from Yass Valley’s young people!

Yass Valley Council is preparing an application for NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities funds to employ a Youth Development Officer to help develop strategies to build a community of safe, healthy and connected young people.

The NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities Program provides grants of up to $50,000 for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

If the application is successful, the Youth Development Officer will work on a number of local initiatives which address development needs and challenges being experienced by young people aged between 12 and 25 years.

The first step in developing the application involves conducting an online survey of young people in Yass Valley, asking direct questions about their needs and wants.

“Council wants to involve young people at every stage – from identifying needs through to designing, delivering and evaluating activities and the Youth Development Officer role itself”, said Council’s Community Planner, Helen Maskell-Knight.

“We want young members of the community to tell us what they want and need so this input can be reflected in the Youth Development Officer role from the outset. It is very important that the focus of the role be led by young people.”

The potential impact of the proposed Youth Development Officer role is wide-ranging and may be reflected in such areas as life skills and healthy behaviors, communication and teamwork, event planning and management and increased education participation.

“If you are a young person aged between 12 and 25 we urge you to complete this survey. It is an important step in developing Council’s proposal for a much-needed Youth Development Officer in the Yass Valley”, said Ms Maskell-Knight.

The survey can be accessed by following this link:

The survey closes on Sunday, 7 June 2020.

21 May 2020

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