Young Ambassadors from St George, Isobelle Lister and Tianca Stanley, were two of the 80 youth who attended a youth forum.
Young Ambassadors from St George, Isobelle Lister and Tianca Stanley, were two of the 80 youth who attended a youth forum. Georja Ryan

Youth come up with action plan

YOUTH from all over the south-west gathered in Warwick at the weekend to take part in a Youth Engagement Forum.

The forum was designed to be a networking activity for Young Ambassadors where they could discuss ideas and issues faced in their communities and develop solutions.

About 80 youth attended the forum at Slade Campus, which started on Friday and ends today.

Event co-ordinator Bonita Tyler said the four-day workshop was about generating change in a youthful society.

"It's about bringing young people together to share ideas, learn a range of skills and network with each other," Ms Tyler said.

She said the workshops addressed issues with solutions the participants could apply to their own communities.

"One session was about changing the culture of binge drinking and understanding the underlying reasons why there are issues like this facing the community," she said.

"It's about creating youth action."

Saturday's session featured a series of guest speakers from various backgrounds, including a police officer who discussed a number of topics with the youth.

Young ambassadors from St George, Isobelle Lister and Tianca Stanley, attended the forum and Tianca said the police speaker raised interesting topics during the discussion.

"She spoke about social networking and 'sexting' and the dangers of doing those sorts of things," Tianca said.

Isobelle said the forum helped the participants understand issues in the community and converse with others in the same role.

"It's good to communicate with other youth and socialise and meet new people," Isobelle said.

Warwick Young Ambassador Michael See said he enjoyed the event and it provided more understanding about how to set a good example for youth in the local community.

"It's a good way to see what other youth issues there are in the area and not just in Warwick, but other areas, and it's good to see that they have the same problems," Michael said.

"It helps give us more understanding of how everything works and the legal ramifications involved.

"It's great to meet new people with a similar interest, which is to help youth," he said.

After the forum wraps up today, the ambassadors will return to their communities and have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $1000 to organise a community project aimed at improving youth culture.


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