Now, more than ever, community leaders are realising the positive connection between involving youth in community activities and the increase in overall community vitality and engagement. Youth bring new energy and ideas to standard issues and concerns, often with a unique perspective as to how best to tackle challenges and opportunities.
The two videos below showcase the work of young people involved in local youth councils - a formal group or board of young people that provides representation and a voice for youth in their community.
The videos were produced by Massey University journalism stuidents - Hannah Ellis, Tessa Guest and Shannon Johnstone.
Ruapehu Youth Council
Growing up and becoming a leader in Taumarunui.
Councils facilitate the involvement of young people in local governance and decision-making. There are around 50 youth councils in Aotearoa - from Whangarei to Invercargill, and everywhere in between.