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Southern Downs Young Leaders

 Young Leaders 2016 Application web

Applications are open from 23 September to 11 November 2016

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The Southern Downs Regional Council recognises the importance of equity across the whole region. In 2014 the individual ‘Young Ambassador and Young Delegate’ programs transformed into the Southern Downs Young Leaders.  SDRC is committed to supporting the ‘Young Leaders’ to assist in addressing the issues and needs of the young people in the Southern Downs, with emphasis on building partnerships across the region, while building the capacity of young people through a range of programs and activities.  Young People from the whole region are encouraged to apply, including, (but not limited to), Allora, Killarney, Stanthorpe, Warwick and other smaller towns.

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WHY join the SDRC Young Leaders?

The SDYL Program offers you the opportunity to make a difference in your community, (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Allora, Killarney, Wallangarra etc). This is your opportunity to work on a range of projects, events, and activities , while being involved in decision making and informing Council about issues that affect young people across the Southern Downs.   Most of all YOU get to be the CHANGE you want to see!

WHO can nominate? (Eligibility)

You are eligible to apply for the Young Leader program if you are:

  • Aged 15 to 25 years as at 31 December (each year) 
  • Living in the Southern Downs Region. 
  • Have an interest in youth issues, and community 
  • Have the ability to attend regular meetings and a willingness to be actively involved in the SDYL Program. 

Young Leader Program  SDRC Young Leaders Collage 2014

 The Southern Downs Young Leaders' Program requires the voluntary services of 10-12 young people from the Southern Downs Regional Council area.

Role & Key Responsibilities


As a Young Leader you will:

  • Work with the Youth Development Officer on projects, events , plans and activities 
  • Represent young people aged 10-25 years 
  • Be aware of the SDRC Youth Policy & participate in forming and implementing an action plan for each financial year
  • Use your initiative to identify, plan and complete a project relevant to youth needs 
  • Support and attend at least three (3) other Young Leader projects
  • Attend and contribute to some of the major local events, including Jumpers and Jazz, NAIDOC Week, Youth Week, Rodeo, Apple & Grape Festival, and Disability Action Week
  • Receive training in many skills—including Training Camp in February (each year) 
  • Participate in Young Leader Meetings (including Formal Youth Council Meetings) 
  • Learn about Council, how it works, and be involved in decisions 
  • Gain experience and learn new skills relevant to getting a job 
  • Make new friends/ colleagues 
  • Promote Young People’s contribution to the community
  • Lobby on behalf of the Young People, engaging with them and raising their concerns 
  • Actively promote the ‘Young Leaders’ throughout SDRC (including its role and function).

Applications open in September each year, with interviews in November/December.  Please check Council's website for information at this time.

 Young leaders jumping in the air  Formal youth council meeting 2014 


Bianca Fitch   Bianca Fitch picture

Young Ambassador 2010-2013; Young Leader 2014
'I've enjoyed my time as a YA and YL, it has been an amazing experience and opportunity.  I've really enjoyed takin gpart in the camps and organizing youth projects and events.  I have learnt a lot from being a YA/YL and I encourage all young people to apply for the SDYL program, you won't regret it!


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