Kiama Municipal Council, in partnership with Kiama Community College, has received funding from the NSW Office of Communities to develop a unique, first-of-its-kind project that supports young people to be more involved in local decision making, and to influence what youth friendly events and activities happen throughout the Kiama Municipality.
The Kiama Youth Belonging Project has been designed to give local young people the skills and support they need to be involved in decision making with local community organisations such as local sports clubs, arts and cultural group, and others.
At its heart is the establishment of Mentor-Mentee partnerships between local young people and representatives of these community organisations.
The project is multi-faceted and will include an introductory leadership camp for Mentees and their Mentors to develop skills such as leadership, communication and team building; training for the Mentees in areas such as governance, advocacy, marketing, event management, fundraising, building an e-portfolio, and career guidance, which will be formally recognised in a Statement of Attainment; and training and support for the Mentor and their organisation to explore issues such as understanding youth behavior and culture, child protection. Practical training in using technology and social media to engage young people and to raise awareness of the organisation’s objectives and activities will also be provided where needed.
Following the fun and challenging camp, Mentees will work with a Mentor of their choice to learn and experience first-hand what is involved in leading a community organisation, including working together to plan and deliver an event or activity that reflects the key functions of that organisation.
If you are a local young person aged 12-24 years, or a member of a community organisation management committee, and would like to get involved or would like more information, please contact Bonnie at the Kiama Youth Centre on 4233 1276 Wednesdays or Thursdays, or email KYB@kiama.nsw.gov.au , or visit Council’s webpage for updates, or see flyers attached.