Monmouthshire County Council has recruited a group of young people, as part of the Engage to Change programme, to help shape the future of the county.
The group of 13-19 year olds, from across Monmouthshire, have been asked to get involved in council business and help make decisions that will determine the way that services are delivered in the future.
The diverse group from all walks of life will communicate regularly to advise the council on decisions that are being made about young people. The Engage to Change programme aims to:
· make the most of young people’s energy, enthusiasm and creative ideas to help shape services for the future
· give young people a platform where they can engage directly with the council on how policies affect young people and their families
· help other councils learn from this programme and encourage them to involve young people in decision making
· empower young people so they can more accurately represent ‘youth voice’ in the media
Dan Fletcher from Caldicot said:
“We’re excited to have the chance to influence decisions that will affect us and thousands of youngsters for years to come. We’re up for a challenge and look forward to working with other young people from all over Monmouthshire, meeting new people and having our voices heard.”
Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Liz Hacket Pain, is an advocate for the Engage to Change programme:
“Young people are bursting with energy and enthusiasm and they have many valuable ideas for improving the world around them. They are also renowned for being the receivers of bad press and this is unfair. Young people have a right to have their views taken into account and should be included in the decisions that affect their lives. We must give them a stronger voice and celebrate their positive contribution and achievements.
“In Monmouthshire, we are passionate about working together to create a future full of opportunities for young people. They are important to us now, and to our future, and we need them to flourish.”