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Moree youth take the lead on community events

ASPIRING young leaders from Moree and Mungindi’s Aboriginal communities are taking control of the social calendar in 2021 and using a $46,300 State Government grant to develop a series of events aimed at inspiring a new generation of role models.   

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the grant would give Miyay Birray Youth Service’s Advisory Group the financial ability to organise empowering youth-led events.

“The State Government’s Youth Opportunities program helps young people build life skills, employment pathways, and nurture good wellbeing and mental health,” Mr Marshall said.

“Building on the work Miyay Birray has done in the past developing school holiday activities centred on advice of local students, this expanded program will see more regular workshops conducted throughout the year.

Miyay Birray Youth Service’s Advisory Group is taking over the social calendar in 2021 thanks to a $46,300 State Government grant, Hataya Wilson, left, Hannah Bowman, Daimion Saunders, Latika Little, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Miyay Birray board member Lloyd Munro, Kasinda Porter, LusiiAnn Norsdy and Miyay Birray Youth Officer Glen Crump.

“Over the next month the newly sworn in members of the Advisory Group will meet and brainstorm ideas for projects that will engage a wider number of young people and encourage them to become more involved in their community. 

“Not only will the Advisory Group come up with the programs but they will be in charge of running events, teaching additional skills in leadership and management. 

“It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the new members of the Youth Advisory Group and I look forward to seeing the positive impact their programs have on the wider community.”

Miyay Birray CEO Darrel Smith said the grant would give younger people encouragement to become a part of the Youth Advisory Group.

“It is so important that our young people feel they can have a say on the things that impact them most in their town,” Mr Smith said.

“Through these events, Miyay Birray hopes to teach our Advisory Group members skills they can utilise for the rest of their lives and will hold them in good stead with the broader community.

“Once events are decided on the schedule will run until 30 March 2022.

“Young people are our region’s greatest asset and we are working hard to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to make our communities stronger and better places to live.”

Media Release: Thursday, March 4, 2021