Local Member of Parliament, Tony Piccolo MP, has announced the establishment of a Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) for the Light Electorate.
The aim of the program is to give young people a voice and hear about their views on a range of issues they care about ensuring political decisions are reflective of community attitudes.
St Patrick’s Technical College Captain Scott Larsen and Vice-Captain Corey Lloyd feel privileged to be chosen as representatives for the program as well as helping to assist Mr Piccolo in launching this great initiative as part of International Youth Day (Monday, 12 August).
Year 11 student Scott Larsen said the opportunity to contribute in discussions will help recognise some of the challenges that today’s youth can face.
“I look forward to being part of the program and talking about real-life issues concerning young people, but also what we are good at and passionate about,” Scott said.
Mr Piccolo said the YAP will be created to provide young people with opportunities to speak directly and regularly with him about issues they care about.
“I want to hear from young people about their views on a range of issues, not just youth matters,” Mr Piccolo said.
“The panel will provide a forum for young people in our community to speak their minds and this will assist me to become a better local representative.
“It is important, in our democracy, that we give young people a voice in the political process, to ensure our decisions more accurately reflect community sentiment.”
Mr Piccolo is exploring opportunities for YAP members to gain academic recognition for the skills they develop from their involvement in the program.
All secondary schools in the Light Electorate, as well as those with a significant number of students living in the electorate, have all been invited to nominate two students to be part of the program.
“Two young people – who currently do not attend local secondary schools – will also be invited to join the YAP.
“I have chosen to do this because I believe it’s important for the YAP to reflect the diversity of views and backgrounds of the young people in our community.”
It is planned that the YAP will meet formally about four times a year and communicate through social media at other times with the first meeting to be held in mid-September.