Young people throughout Wyndham will have their stories told for the first time thanks to a new project created by a group of their peers.
The Wyndham Youth Council Committee, which is made up of local residents aged between 16 and 25 years old and was established in June 2017, has recently launched the One Wyndham project.
One Wyndham is designed to challenge negative stereotypes that young people are subjected to and highlight their positive accomplishments to the public.
Wyndham City’s Learning City portfolio holder, Cr Josh Gilligan, who helped to establish the Youth Council Committee, congratulated the young people on their newest project.
“The members of the Youth Council Committee have identified that they and other young people are not always being portrayed positively, despite all of the positive contributions they are regularly making to our community. That’s why they’ve developed One Wyndham as a way of getting the balance right,” Cr Gilligan said.
“Over the next two years they will profile young people in Wyndham aged between 12 and 25 years old, with their stories being displayed in a range of mediums throughout Wyndham, including the big screen outside of AquaPulse in Hoppers Crossing.”
“Participants can nominate themselves or friends and family members can nominate someone they think is inspiring and should have their story shared with the wider community.”
“At the end of the two-year project, all of the stories will be collated and exhibited together. Young people from all cultural backgrounds are invited to take part.”
“This is a great way of changing the narrative about young people and giving some of them the credit they deserve for their accomplishments.”
“We have more than 41,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 25 in Wyndham, and more than 15 per cent of them are involved in volunteering within their community.”
“It’s facts like this that the Wyndham Youth Council Committee would like their fellow residents to know, and I commend them for taking the initiative to launch the One Wyndham project. At the end of the day the goal is to unite young people and the rest of the community.”
“I can’t wait to see what stories they uncover and how they challenge current perceptions about themselves.”
Nominations for One Wyndham are currently open. To download terms and conditions and a nomination form visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/services/youth-services.
For more information call 8734 1355.