Young people engaged to speak up and shape the Coast’s future
  • Tuesday 11 April 2017
ImageThe leadership and advocacy skills of 27 young people is about to get a huge boost after they were recruited to participate in the Speak Up Engage program run by Sunshine Coast Council.

Council’s 2016 Youth Committee played a role in creating the revised Speak Up Engage program which is focused on building the confidence and skills of program participants in leadership, advocacy, project planning and event management.

In 2017, program participants will be given the unique opportunity to work with council staff to create a new Youth Action Plan that will shape how we support young people in to the future.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said she was pleased to announce council had attracted 27 young people, aged from 13 to 25, to join the Speak Up Engage program, offering them valuable project management experience, free formal professional and personal development training and mentoring opportunities.

"The youth development components will run from January to November and will include three full day professional development training sessions run by the leading education and training company for young people, The FRANK team,” Cr McKay said.

“Our young people will also have the opportunity to participate in three of council’s Ordinary Meetings during the program, and so much more.”

Program participant and 2017 Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year Jak Hardy said his involvement on council’s Speak Up Engage program had allowed him to develop additional leadership and advocacy skills.

“With 20 new young people participating in the 2017 Speak Up Engage program, I’m looking forward to being a part of this program that will support our growth and development and is an opportunity to represent the local youth community,” he said.

“One of the key benefits of being involved in the 2017 program will be working with council staff to create a new Youth Action Plan that will identify the needs, experiences and interests of young people and shape how we support young people in to the future.

“I encourage the Sunshine Coast’s young people to make sure their voice is heard and help the Council and the Speak Up Engage team by completing the Youth Participation Survey before May 31.”

There are several ways young people can have their say:


• Visit council’s website and complete the Youth Participation Survey before May 31.
• Call (07) 5475 7272 and ask to speak to the Community Development Officer
• Email YOUTH@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.