Last Updated: Thursday, 04 June 2020 16:39
Young people in group

Applications for the 2021 program are now open! Applications close on 28 August 2020.

Our Youth Leaders Program is a volunteer platform developed to provide an opportunity for young people aged 14-24 to become involved in the Toowoomba Regional Council. This program allows youth from across the region to learn about local communities and groups, local events, activities and services available for young people.

We currently service a regional population of 161,000 people (2016 ABS), with approximately 27,500 of these residents being young people. The Youth Leaders play an important part in ensuring that our programs are relevant, meet the needs of local young people and have the greatest reach possible. The Youth Leaders are also provided with opportunities to learn Council processes and the role of local governments. It also encourages them to have a say and assist in developing ideas that will benefit not only the young people of the region but the wider community.

The Youth Leaders are required to identify and share information on community issues and opportunities for young people to connect to events, programs and local service providers.

The Youth Leaders represent areas from all across the entire Toowoomba Region. They are encouraged to have a say in the development of their communities and to represent the voice of young people on community and Council-led programs.

2021 Youth Leaders Program

There are currently 25 positions available for the 2021 year, with applications closing on 28 August 2020.

  1. Fill out this form or contact us on 131 872 for a hard copy.
  2. Submit the form via:

About the role

Key criteria

  1. Applicants MUST live, work or study in the Toowoomba Region.
  2. Applicants MUST be between 14 and 24-years-old at the time of application.
  3. Attendance at all of the training camps is compulsory!

Nominees must also be committed and able to attend fortnightly meetings used for skills sessions, presentations, reflection and discussion (dates as well and topics to be set at the training camps). Nominees must also be committed to attending community and youth-driven events identified by the group. The program will require a time commitment of approximately eight hours per fortnight, which must be considered before applying.

We have adopted an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy and Plan, and all recruitment, selection and appointments will be based on merit. All employees and volunteers of council are expected to comply with council policies. 

Some suitable candidates may not be chosen for the leadership program due to limited numbers. Individuals not selected are strongly encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

Skills required

Cost

As part of Toowoomba Regional Council’s commitment to the development of young people, all reasonable costs associated with the Youth Leaders Program will be covered for participants. This will include:

Key responsibilities

Position objectives

As a Toowoomba Region Youth Leader, you will be required to report back at monthly meetings on issues affecting young people. You will also be required to discuss ideas on how to manage these issues, share your knowledge of programs and projects that could benefit other young people across the region, as well as presenting regular updates on programs and projects that you are involved with.

You will be accountable to the Community Development, Tourism and Facilities Branch through the Team Leader Community Development – Youth. All reports, minutes and other relevant information will be collated and raised at the Regional Youth Advisory Committee meetings, as well as being noted in the Community Development Team Leader’s end of month reports."

 

Past achievements

The Youth Leaders Program commenced in early 2015 with 20 members being selected to represent the region. Since the program commenced youth leaders have:

Youth leaders have represented Toowoomba at: