A word from our Youth Ambassador, Avalon

Published on 14 September 2021

Youth Ambassador, Avalon, stands in front of a brick wall.

I became a youth ambassador because I wanted to change the narrative.

I’ve found it hard to escape the feeling that there is a lot of inequality in the world. The fact that this inequality extends to the opportunities and experiences available to a young person has never sat well with me. I’ve seen and felt how the one-size-fits all approach can affect the self-esteem of someone when they’re young, and then go on to impact the rest of their lives.

This is the narrative I want to change. I want every single young person, no matter what their background or ability, to be given equal opportunities and know that their experience in the world matters. 

Because they matter. 

As a Youth Ambassador I want to support others to share their voice and story.

Prior to becoming a Youth Ambassador, I was lucky enough to be a part of Council’s Youth Action Group (now the Youth Advisory Group) – a diverse group of young people from across the Yarra Ranges. It allowed me to feel I was making a difference in a way I never believed I could. But it just proves it’s the accumulation of people’s experiences that makes a difference. 

The Youth Advisory Group has a consultation tour coming up from 27th of September to the 2nd of October. The tour will consist of a zoom Q&A as well as a survey and a “Choose Your Own Adventure” activity - all designed to get as much input from young people as possible! It’s the perfect chance to share your voice, opinion or just relieve some of that angst built up during lockdown and work towards changing the narrative.

Keep an eye on the Yarra Ranges Youth pages to learn more.

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