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 2018 Ashburton Youth Council members have been working hard to achieve the goals they outlined in their annual strategic plan. Activities have included writing monthly articles for District Diary, supporting community initiatives and revamping their 101 Weird and Wonderful Ways to Waste Time Map.
AYC Meeting Minutes
In 2017, Youth Councillors coordinated and held a successful community event called 'Bite Nite', where the public were invited to an evening of entertainment, food stalls and activities in Baring Square East. All proceeds on the night were donated to 24/7 Youth Work.
AYC vs ADC Debate!
The AYC vs ADC Debate was held on Wednesday 26 July 2017, 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, 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 the 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.
The Ashburton Youth Council currently meet on the first Wednesday of each month. To get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org