Franklin looks for way to ensure youth heard

Publish Date : 17 Oct 2023
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Young people will have more of a voice in shaping their community after Franklin Local Board committed funding to ensuring rangatahi have input into decision-making.

Board chair Angela Fulljames says A Sustainable Youth Voice for Franklin has been formally adopted, a move that approves a future youth engagement model for the area.

“We have allocated $15,000 towards that, and another $15,000 to our local crime prevention fund.

“We will be monitoring the impact of our new approach, and youth groups and the organisations supporting them will get performance guidelines.
“Much is made of involving young people and we have been fortunate in the past to have had some very insightful views provided that have shaped various plans and projects, but this formalises a voice for our young people.

“The guidelines to them might include targets around upskilling young people to engage with other young people, and to represent youth voice within council consultation processes.”

Council staff will return to the board to discuss the performance indicators.

Board member Logan Soole called for youth groups to work towards investigating the development of youth facilities in board’s three subdivisions, Wairoa, Pukekohe and Waiuku.

“We have also asked staff to investigate opportunities for joint decision-making with young people and the board on youth-related funding and youth specific projects.”

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