Bass Coast youth called to advocate for community


Bass Coast Shire Council is encouraging young people to apply to the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria’s Activator Program, which aims to build youth advocacy skills.

The Activator Program is for young people aged 18-25 from rural and regional Victoria, who are interested in building skills and networks to activate and influence change in their communities.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, says the Activator Program is great opportunity for young people to build advocacy skills and influence positive changes in the community.

“The Activator Program skills-up young people to learn effective ways to have a say and to address issues that affect them,” Cr Rothfield said.

“Advocacy is a major focus of the Bass Coast Shire Council Plan. Whether it’s improving health, education, employment or transport services, all our Advocacy priorities affect young people.”

Youth Affairs Council of Victoria will facilitate the Activator Program, as part of their commitment to rural and regional youth. The program will include four 3-day residentials where participants will work on their advocacy projects. Participants will also receive $1,000 to cover participation costs and up to $1,000 to seed-fund a project.

‘We think this program is great for Bass Coast young people who may be studying in Melbourne or who are living, working or studying in Bass Coast. Either way, the program will help young people pursue a passion for a project or an issue in our community.’

For more information go to https://www.yacvic.org.au/yacvic-rural/activators-program or contact Council’s Youth Planning and Policy Officer for application support – Annette.dodson@basscoast.vic.gov.au