Federation’s mentor program started

By Robert Muir

Youth councillors of Federation Council and Federation’s nine publicly elected councillors joined a video meeting to kick start their mentor program on Tuesday, June 16.

Each councillor involved has been paired with a youth councillor, where together they will set goals and milestones to achieve for the next 12 months. 

Youth councillors will have the opportunity to grow their leadership, community engagement and public speaking skills.

Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said his team of councillors were excited to continue to support and work alongside the Youth Council.

“Our youth councillors are a fantastic group of young people who have, and I know will continue to do amazing things across the council area,” he said.

“Through our mentoring program, we can work together on programs, projects and events for youth within Federation Council. By working together as close as we do, I believe our community residents really do benefit because between us all, everyone’s perspective on different initiatives and projects is able to be discussed.” 

Federation Youth Council has recently entered its third year of advising Federation Council on youth related matters, bringing youth focused events and projects to Federation Council. 

Youth councillors sworn in

In May, the Youth Council members conducted their first 2020/2021 meeting where eight youth councillors were sworn in. 

Federation Council wishes to introduce the 2020- 2021: Youth Council Mayor, Maxim Blockley and Youth Council Deputy Mayor Casandra Facer, along with youth councillors Benjamin Black, Dylan Forge, Ellen Lavis, Jacob Reid, Molly Pearce and Noah Little.  

Deputy Youth Council Mayor Casandra Facer and youth councillor Benjamin Black have been welcomed to their first term of Youth Council. Youth Council Mayor Maxim Blockley, Jacob Reid, Ellen Lavis and Molly Pearce embark on their second year term, while Youth Councillor Dylan Forge and Noah Little embrace their third year of Youth Council.  

Meetings are currently held over a virtual meeting platform, where the council meets regularly to plan and refine events, projects and community engagement ideas for their new term.

Projects include revitalising the Memorial Plaza space in Corowa, organising community engagement through events such as a Colour Run and becoming content creators for the I Am Federation Facebook page for all of Federation youth.  

Federation Youth Council Mayor Maxim Blockley said it was great that the 2020-2021 mentoring program has been initiated and both councils can now work together on achieving great outcomes for the betterment of the Federation Council region.

“As the Youth Council, we are expecting to learn different aspects of leadership, general advice and a range of life skills from the councillors,” he said.

“We are hoping this will widen our views and generate positive connections for us all within the community. I believe this program will help the Youth Council going forward and help us make informed decisions for our community. I’m really excited to evolve my leadership skills and learn ways to engage with our residents with the support of Council and its community development staff.”

For further information about the Federation Youth Council, visit Council’s website or follow the Council on Facebook @I am Federation.