HEARING AND RESPONDING TO THE VOICES OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE:
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE QUEENSLAND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER YOUTH COUNCIL
Over the coming months, young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, aged between 14 – 25 years will have the opportunity to provide a voice and be representative on matters affecting youth through the establishment of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Council.
The Youth Council will provide a safe and secure platform for youth to speak up and provide their views on the issues that are affecting them. This Council will provide a space for youth to determine the pace with which issues are dealt with by seeking resolutions and support from people their ages; and further allowing representative bodies the ability to hear youth voices, and incorporate them in to their daily functions, strategic direction and policy influencing. The ultimate aim is to build and strengthen leadership, mentoring and capacity for strong, enabled and confident Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Queensland.
One of the key priorities of the Council will be to develop a Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Strategic Framework. This will provide a tool for the sector to commit to Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth achieving goals that are important to them, and that are meaningful and have long-lasting impact.
Supporting this important initiative, QATSICPP would like to thank The Benevolent Society for their generous sponsorship. The sponsorship will assist the council with establishing themselves in the first year. QATSICPP encourages and welcomes sponsorship from other organisations, to support the aims, purpose and directives of the Council into the future.
For more information about the Youth Council, please do not hesitate to contact Sid Williams, the QATSICPP Training and Education Coordinator on mobile 0477701257 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org