Getting involved in Council’s youth program
  • Monday 13 April 2015

The 2015 National Youth Week (April 10 to 19) theme "It starts with us" is a call to action for young people to get involved in their communities.

Taking up the challenge is Year 12 Mountain Creek State High School student Harrison Thompson.

Harrison Thompson from Buderim said he wants to make a difference and make a contribution to the region’s future.

“I have been fortunate to have participated in the UN Youth Queensland State Conference 2015 where I obtained a global perspective and the Sunshine Coast Youth summit which taught me a local perspective,” he said.

“Being the Creative Industries Captain at Mountain Creek State High School I want to promote youth cultural involvement on the Sunshine Coast.

“A competition that runs in Brisbane which is a State-wide competition is Theatre Sports Queensland. This event has a major following on the Coast and involves hundreds and hundreds of Queensland school kids.

“My goal is to promote this competition at a regional level and get young people from the Sunshine Coast involved in an enriching and fun experience.

“With Council's help I will hopefully be able to get a regional event running for the general public, kids and parents to enjoy.”

Harrison said he is also heavily involved in the Generation Innovation Program which aims to help Sunshine Coast Youth aged between 15-25 the chance to start up and fund their own business.

“Generation Innovation recognises that the Coast’s youth are the next group of business owners and want them to have the opportunity and know-how to start up a business.

“This program has been a huge success for me through the fantastic mentorship that I have received on an ongoing basis and I am hoping to have a business up and running sometime this year.

Harrison is busily completing Year 12 but still manages to find time to achieve his goals.

“I am also in the process of applying for grants to fund some projects that will involve the Coast’s youth such as the 'Beautiful You Gerbera Day'. This day promotes the importance of self-confidence and self-esteem for young women,” he said.

“With this day I am hoping to involve other schools across the Coast to help get this message across.

“I am also a Committee Member on the Cancer Council Sunshine Coast branch and organising the Kawana Relay for Life which as a team, has raised over $5000 in the past few years.”

Sunshine Coast Council is seeking registrations from young people until May 10 for its new youth engagement program which will make sure young people have a voice and are involved in planning, developing and building the Sunshine Coast region.

If you are aged 12 to 25, this is your opportunity to make a real difference by helping shape community projects, programs, events, activities and policies that matter to you.

It is really easy to get involved in Council’s youth engagement program.  Simply download the registration form from Council’s website, complete the form and return it to Council. Forms must be returned by 10 May 2015.”

For more information about activities, please visit the National Youth Week website.