Youth striving for positive change
The Ashburton District Youth Council provides an interesting and fun environment for the views of
young people in the district to be heard and to host youth-focused events.
What's been happening?
The 2017 Ashburton Youth Council members have been working hard to achieve the goals they outlined in their annual strategic plan. Activities have included researching, surveying and presenting to Council on draft policies and bylaws, writing monthly articles for District Diary, and supporting local youth organisations and events.
Spotlight on: Bite Nite!
Ashburton Youth Councillors are thanking the Ashburton District Council and the local community for their support of the annual AYC vs ADC Debate held on Wednesday 26 July, which saw $4038.00 raised for youth cancer support charity, CanTeen.
Youth Councillors Henry Hickman, Alyce Lysaght and Sophie Kettley went head-to-head with District Councillors Mark Malcolm, Leen Braam and Selwyn Price at the Ashburton College last month, arguing the moot 'are councils still relevant'. Although the District Councillors did their best to convince the crowd and adjudicator of their own irrelevance, it wasn't enough to take this year's title from the Youth Councillors.
But the moot wasn't the only attraction on the night, as Councillors Leen Braam, Russell Ellis and Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante then took the stage to part with their luscious locks.
The three had generously volunteered to shave their heads on the night to raise money for CanTeen, a task which saw Ms Billante fundraise $2760 on her Givealittle page.
Spotlight on: Student Volunteer Week!
The Ashburton Youth Council currently meet on the first Wednesday of each month.