Youth Council

​​Applications for Youth Leaders are now open 
Youth Leaders Wanted​​

Want to make an impact in your community? 

Passionate about youth voices being heard?

Kick-start your leadership ambitions and add to your CV by becoming a Youth Leader.

The programme is open to those living in the Ashburton District between the ages of 12 and 24.  As a Youth Leader, you will gain knowledge, insight, experience and contacts right here in the Ashburton District.

Our vision is to have empowered and engaged young people, working towards a thriving community.

  • You will have an active role in delivering youth-focused events and activities to the local community.
  • You will increase awareness of youth issues, service, facilities and the Ashburton Youth Council.
  • We will support you through mentoring, training and skill development.

The Ashburton Youth Council aims to:

  • Provide a forum and engage young people in Ashburton District Council’s decision-making processes
  • Increase the Council’s understanding of young people’s perspectives and needs

Applications are now invited and close on 12 December.  Places are limited, so if you are interested in becoming a candidate get your application in now!

Eligibility and selection criteria

Places in the Ashburton Youth Council are limited to twelve or less.  Youth Leaders will be selected by a panel using the following criteria:​

  • Aged between 12 and 24 years
  • Living in the Ashburton District
  • Passionate about youth voices being heard
  • Available for monthly meetings, held on the first Wednesday of every month from 4.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Can commit to approximately two to five volunteer hours per month
  • Nominated by a current Mayor, Councillor, Methven Community Board members, Rakaia Community Association member, Member of Parliament
  • Applications must include a letter of support from the nominator 
  • Applications must include a copy of your current C.V.

The selection panel will consist of two ADC Councillors, ADC Council Liaison Officer, ADC Communications Manager, ADC Economic Development Manager

Activity calendar

May 2020

  • Youth Week

August 2020

  • NZ Mountain Film Festival National Tour

September 2020

  • Bite Nite 4.0
  • Mental Health Awareness Week

Read the full 2020 prospectus
Read the strategic plan
Download and complete the application form
Interested in becoming a mentor – download the prospectus

What's been happening?

The 2019 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.

You can keep up to date with the Youth Council by 'Liking' them on Facebook, ​and seeing what's happening at their monthly meetings.​

Previous activities

​Bite Nite

In 2019, Youth Councillors coordinated and held a successful community event called 'Bite Nite 3.0’, where the public were invited to an evening of entertainment, food and activities at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre. All proceeds on the night were donated to Base Youth Centre. ​

Bite Nite 3.0 was made possible through sponsors More FM, The Ashburton Courier and Real Estate New Zealand.

Check out the photos from the night ​


The Ashburton Youth Council currently meet on the first Wednesday of each month. To get in touch, email ​
Page reviewed: 23 Oct 2019 11:54am