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The Youth Leaders Program is a volunteer platform for young people aged 14 to 24 to become involved with Toowoomba Regional Council. The program allows young people from across our Region to learn about their local communities groups, events, activities and youth services.

About the Youth Leaders Program

We currently service a regional population of 173,000 people (ABS, 2021), with approximately 32,000 of these residents being young people.

The Regional Youth Leaders play an important role in ensuring our programs are relevant, meet the needs of local young people and have the greatest reach possible.

The Youth Leaders also get the opportunity to learn about our processes and the role of local governments. We encourage them to have a say and develop grassroots projects to create positive change – not only for our Region's young people but the wider community.

As part of their role, the Youth Leaders provide a voice for other young people, identify community issues and share information on opportunities for young people to connect to events, programs and service providers.

The Youth Leaders represent areas from across the entire Toowoomba Region.

Past achievements of the Youth Leaders

People covered in mud posing for photo.Since the program commenced, the Regional Youth Leaders have delivered:

  • Queensland Youth Week events
  • partnership projects with local NGOs
  • support for National Headspace Day and other youth groups
  • concerts and music development workshops
  • learn-to-swim lessons for young refugees
  • AUSLAN courses for young people
  • networking projects across multiple youth groups
  • youth storytelling projects
  • environmental projects, and more.

The Youth Leaders have represented the Toowoomba Regional at:

  • Queensland Youth Conference
  • National Youth Conference
  • Queensland Town Planning Awards
  • National Town Planning Awards
  • Shaping SEQ Youth Summit
  • Queensland Youth Strategy workshops
  • UniSQ Youth Community Futures forum
  • Brisbane 2032 Legacy Forum.

2024 Youth Leaders Program

2024 Youth Leaders poster

The Youth Leaders Program for 2024 is currently under way. Applications for the 2025 program will open June 2024.

The Youth Leaders Program commenced in 2015 with 20 members selected to represent the Region. Nine years on, we look for 25 young volunteers from across the Region to represent the voice of our community's young people.

We work to principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and all recruitment will be based on merit. Applications are strongly encouraged from First Nations young people, young people from culturally diverse backgrounds, young people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ young people. We also aim to achieve a gender-balanced group.

Application process

2024 Youth Leaders Program applications closed 30 July 2023.

  1. Applicants must live, work or study in the Toowoomba Region.
  2. Applicants must be aged between 14 to 24 years at the time of application.
  3. Participation in both Youth Leader Camps is mandatory. The camps will be held on:
    • 19 to 21 September 2023
    • 11 to 14 December 2023
  4. Commit to attending regular monthly meetings during their time as Youth Leaders.

Three people from the Youth Leaders group.

Before you submit your application, remember to attach your references and response to the selection criteria.

You can return your application to us by:

  • Email: with the subject line 'TRC Youth Leaders Application'
  • Post: 'TRC Youth Leaders Application', Community Development Branch, Toowoomba Regional Council, PO Box 3021, Toowoomba QLD 4350
  • In person at your nearest Customer Service Centre:
    • 4 Little Street, Toowoomba
    • 95 King Street, Clifton
    • 89 Mocatta Street, Goombungee
    • 25 Emu Creek Road, Crows Nest
    • O'Brien Road, Highfields
    • 54 Hodgson Street, Greenmount
    • 2-16 Campbell Street, Millmerran
    • 64 Campbell Street, Oakey
    • 85 Yandilla Street, Pittsworth

Not sure what to write or how to convey your ideas on paper? Why not send us a video or audio file that captures your answers to the selection criteria.

We'll send you a confirmation email during business hours once your application is received. Please give us a call on 131 872 if you have not been notified about your application.

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