Recently, the Western Australian Minister for Youth, Honourable Peter Tinley, encouraged young people aged 15 - 25 to self- nominate for the new Ministerial Youth Advisory Council. According to the application guidelines, council members will be chosen from a broad range of “knowledge, skills, backgrounds, experience and education” and have direct contact with the government.
Young Carers WA would love to see a young carer on this committee. Not only would this be an opportunity to raise awareness of issues affecting young carers and their families but this would also be an opportunity for a young carer to use their hard won skills and attributes in a valuable role that would look amazing on their resume.
Being a council member is a 2 – 3 year volunteer role that gives young people the ability and skills to directly contribute to Government Youth Policies. Many young carers mature more quickly than their peers, have experience in dealing with a wide range of people, have good conflict resolution skills and a strong social conscience. Members would meet 4 times a year and participate in a forum with their fellow council members and the Minister himself.
Both regional and metro young people are encouraged to apply. Associated costs, including travel, will be reimbursed. Applicants under the age of 18 will need their parent’s or guardian’s consent. Applications close 5pm WST this Sunday 27th August 2017.
Go here to find out more and obtain an application pack. You can also download the guidelines and the application pack below.