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    OPPORTUNITY: Horsham youth councillor Armani Scollary is encouraging the region’s young people to join the council. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

City calls out for Horsham youth councillors

Horsham Rural City Council is calling out to youth across the region to join a leadership team to be a voice for young people in 2021 and beyond. 

The Horsham Youth Council is seeking 20 members to advocate for issues affecting young people. 

Young people who join the council will have an opportunity to enhance outcomes for youth in Horsham through collaboration, actively engaging youth development and participation. 

Youth councillor Armani Scollary, 15, said joining the council offered a wealth of benefits.

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“I mostly joined because it would look good on my resume – that was my original thought,” she said. 

“But, I knew it would be a great opportunity to meet different people and get involved with the community, which is something I’ve always taken an interest in.

“Getting to help people and have a say in what we do around our community, that’s mainly why I joined.”

Armani said she had enjoyed becoming more involved in the community, including fundraising.

“I also got to do leadership programs, at the start of last year, and we’re going to do a few more,” she said. 

“I got to learn a whole bunch, about me as a leader and how I do things. 

“I also learnt about working with other people and communicating with adults as well, which is a really important skill.”

Armani said she often encouraged her friends and classmates to consider applying for the council. 

“I always talk about what a great opportunity it’s been and how good it would be to get involved with it – how many skills you get out of it and how many new people you can talk to and connections you can form,” she said. 

“I’m not very interested in politics at the moment, but I assure you, I will be pretty soon.”

Applications are open online at until June 30 for people aged 12 to 25. 

The entire June 9, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!