Each year, a special opportunity arises for Ashburton's young people to be a part of a team where they can lead and advocate for their peers on matters that are important to them. This year, the Council is pleased to announce that two distinct opportunities are now open to our young people by way of the Ashburton Youth Council and the newly developed Ashburton Global Ambassadors programme.
The Ashburton Youth Council is a dedicated committee for people aged 12-24 to become a youth leader where they can play an active role in delivering youth-focused events, increase engagement around youth issues in the district and be a link between our younger demographic and the Ashburton District Council.
Applications for this group are now open, and I encourage young people who want to kick-start their leadership ambitions, make a difference in their community and gain valuable skills to put their name forward by 12 December.
In addition to the Ashburton Youth Council, a new opportunity has arisen for young people looking to develop a career in international relations to gain first-hand experience in the space by becoming an Ashburton Global Ambassador (AGA).
As an Ambassador, the successful candidates will be offered training in cultural intelligence, international diplomacy, te reo Māori and communications. They'll also be offered mentorship opportunities and career connections, and will get to participate in planned activities for five hours a month. One of the major activities will be the upcoming Sister Cities Conference Ashburton is hosting in April next year.
The programme is designed to impart valuable experience for young people that allows them to be immersed in international relations and multicultural activities that support the district's Welcoming Communities programme and economic development.
Six candidates are sought for the new programme, and applications are open until 6 December.
If you know an enthusiastic young person who is passionate about making a difference in their community, or perhaps someone who has a desire to build a career in international relations and wants the skills and opportunities to help make that a reality, encourage them to put their name forward for the Youth Council or AGA.
Application forms for the Youth Council are available on the Council website ashburtondc.govt.nz, and information on applying for the AGA programme can be found at wccanterbury.com