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About the Youth Leaders Program

The Youth Leaders Program is a volunteer program for young people aged 14-24. This program allows young people from across the region to learn about local communities and groups, local events, activities, and services available for young people.

The Youth Leaders Program started in 2015 with 20 members selected to represent the region. Each year Youth Connect looks for 25 young people across the region to represent the voice of our region’s young people.

Members of the Youth Leaders Program are provided opportunities to learn about Council processes and the role of local government. They are encouraged to have a say and develop grassroots projects to create positive change– not only for the region’s young people but the wider community. Toowoomba Regional Council currently services a regional population of 173,000 people (ABS, 2021), with about 30,000 of these residents being young people. Our Youth Leaders play an important part in ensuring that Council’s programs are relevant, meet the needs of young people and have the greatest reach possible.

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.

2025 Youth Leader Program positions

There are currently 25 positions available for the 2025 year. We are accepting applications from 1 June to 31 July 2024.

Things to consider before applying:

  • Applicants MUST live, work or study in the Toowoomba Region
  • Applicants MUST be aged between 14 and 24 years of age as of the 31 December 2024
  • The program will require a time commitment of approximately eight hours per fortnight.
  • Applicants must be committed to and able to attend regular meetings used for skills sessions, presentations, reflection, and discussion.
  • Applicants must be committed to attending community and youth-driven events identified by the Youth Leaders group.

If successful, a requirement of your acceptance into the program is being able to attend the following dates:

  • Camp 1: Tuesday 17 - Thursday 19 September 2024
  • Induction Day: Monday 16 December
  • Camp 2: Tuesday 17 - Thursday 19 December 2024
  • Monthly attendance at Youth Leader meetings
  • Sound people skills and a willingness to work with and for young people from across the Toowoomba Region.
  • Willingness to work with Councillors, Council staff, the Regional Youth Advisory Committee and other youth-focused organisations.
  • Willingness and ability to communicate and consult with peers, young people from across the region and the wider community about youth issues, needs and ideas.
  • The ability and commitment to attend monthly meetings and participate in community programs.
  • Time and capacity to attend community and youth events across the region as outlined in the key criteria.
  • Willingness to undertake training as required.

1. Applicants MUST live, work or study in the Toowoomba Region

2. Applicants MUST be aged between 14 and 24 years of age as of the 31 December 2024

3. Participation in both Youth Leader Camps and Induction Day is a requirement of your acceptance of the position. The camps will be held on: Camp 1: Tuesday 17 – Thursday 19 September 2024 Induction Day: Monday 16 December Camp 2: Tuesday 17 – Thursday 19 December 2024

Nominees must also be committed and able to attend regular meetings used for skills sessions, presentations, reflection and discussion (dates as well and topics to be set during training).

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.

4. Applicants must agree to abide by Toowoomba Regional Council’s policies and procedures, including the Code of Conduct for Employees.

NOTE: We work according to principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and all recruitment will be based on merit. Some suitable candidates may not be appointed as Youth Leaders due to limited numbers. Individuals not selected are strongly encouraged to apply in subsequent years.

As a Regional Youth Leader, your key responsibilities will be:

  • Attending all Youth Leader meetings as set by the group, Youth Development Officer and Community Development Officer, Youth.
  • Maintaining regular contact with the Youth Development Officer and Community Development Officer, Youth regarding projects, programs and youth and community priorities.
  • Attending any appointments set under the Youth Leaders Program or at the request of the Community Development team.
  • Advocating on behalf of the young people in your community and the Toowoomba Region.
  • Actively promoting young people’s positive contributions to the community.
  • Actively promoting the Youth Leaders Program as well as promoting other youth programs supported by Council (including the Youth Connect program).
  • Identifying and encouraging that at least one new person applies for the Youth Leaders Program each year.

Please note that these responsibilities may change throughout the program depending on the projects being delivered and the needs of these programs.

As a Regional 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 present regular updates on programs and projects that you are involved with.

You will be accountable to Council’s Youth Development Officer and the Community Development Officer, Youth. Minutes and other relevant information from Youth Leader meetings will be collated and raised through the Regional Youth Advisory Committee, as well as being noted in the Youth Team’s end of month reports.

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:

  • costs associated with the camps (accommodation, transport, food, activities, guest speakers and training);
  • apparel (including shirt and name badge);
  • program meetings (venue and food);
  • graduation (venue, food and guest speakers); and
  • any other relevant training offered throughout the program

Your response to each criterion can be anywhere between 1–3 paragraphs, but no more than 200 words. You can submit your answers to the selection criteria in:

  • written format,
  • as an audio/video file
  • as a slideshow.

You will need one written reference and one phone referee as part of your application.

1. Demonstrated interest in helping to improve the lives of young people in your local community and wider Toowoomba Region.

List any activities/events where you have volunteered your support. What were your responsibilities?

2. Demonstrated awareness of local and regional youth or community issues.

Outline some issues you feel you would like to respond to that would improve the lives of young people and explain how that could be achieved.

3. Willingness to learn how to work with other young people in a team environment.

Give details of some aspects of your life where you successfully contributed to a team. List your personal attributes which contribute to teamwork.

4. Preparedness to represent the young people of your community.

Explain how you would consult with young people throughout the area.

5. Ability and commitment to get out and about in your community to carry out consultations, attend Youth Leader meetings and small group planning sessions.

Explain how you would balance your present and future school, sporting, work, training and social commitments and demonstrate your ability to fulfil your responsibilities as a Youth Leader. Explain how you will manage transport.

6. Your vision for the future of the Toowoomba Region.

Write a goal for a future project/event and explain the steps you would take to plan it.

7. Passion to make a difference.

Please outline why you would like to be selected as a Youth Leader and what you hope to learn if you are appointed.

 

Submit your application

Filling in a form

Online submission

You will need an email address to register. If you are under 18, your parent/guardian must be agreeable to your involvement in the 2025 Youth Leaders Program and you will need to provide their contact details. You will also need the details of two emergency contact persons.

Submit your application via our online volunteer portal

Where to find a physical application form

You can find a physical application form at your nearest Customer Service Centre.

Application form via email or post

Please contact youthleaders@tr.qld.gov.au.

 

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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:Youth leaders

  • 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.