EXCITED chatter filled Armidale Town Hall with Armidale Regional Council’s Youth Forum in full swing.
Youth Council member Ali Chapman said the day was about bringing young people from across the city together.
“The forum gives youth the opportunity to discuss, in a friendly environment, the issues that affect us and what we need in the community so we can be happier and more involved,” Ms Chapman said.
“We had a brainstorming activity and one of the issues brought up was an area where young people can come together on a daily basis.”
The conversation during the forum included discussion on how to encourage youth friendly initiatives in the region as well as how youth and youth services can address young people’s needs and concerns.
More than a hundred young people from schools across the city attended the seminar as well and representatives from services such as BackTrack, Arm-idale police and PCYC.
The forum included a special guest appearance from former NRL player Dean Widders who shared his experiences growing up in the city and career as a professional athlete.
Mr Widders said he wanted to empower the young people to be strong leaders and make good decisions in life.
“I want them to take away that they can be that one person who is willing to make that strong and positive decision even when other people are encouraging bad behaviour,” Mr Widders said. “I think you need to find that strength in you not to just fit in with the crowd but lead the crowd.”
The Youth Council will also use the identified forum outcomes to prepare a Youth Action Plan for the Administrators approval.
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