Almost 50 young women from three Wollongong high schools will come together today to participate in a Young Women’s Forum at Wollongong Youth Centre.
The Year 10 students from Corrimal High School, Smith’s Hill High School and St Mary’s Star of the Sea College will speak about perceptions of Wollongong, improving service accessibility, and challenges young women face.
Council’s draft Wollongong 2022 vision will be discussed, and the forum will also mark the launch of Council’s It’s My Future: Youth Survey.
The survey is an integral part of Council’s Strategy for Engagement with Young People 2012-2013. It will run between 9 March and 22 April, and calls upon young people 12-25 years to share their thoughts and hopes for the future.
“I’m really interested to hear what young women have to say about our city, and their place in it,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery OAM said.
“It is essential young people have a chance to share their thoughts. They are the Illawarra’s future leaders and have a vital role to play in shaping the city and making it a place where they will want to live and work.
‘’Today’s forum, as well as participating in Council’s youth survey, are ways young people can get involved.’’
Cr Bradbery said he would like to see all young people take the time to fill out the survey, which will wrap up after National Youth Week in April.
“I’d say to all the young people out there we need you to tell us what you want,’’ he said.
“Don’t sit back, let us have your opinion. Don’t be frightened, take this opportunity to have your voice heard.’’
The It’s My Future: Youth Survey will be available online on the youth services page of Council’s website and on Wollongong Youth Centre’s Facebook page. Plus, everyone aged between 12 to 25 who participates in the survey and lives, works or studies in Wollongong will go in the draw to win* an Apple iPod touch 8GB, or an exclusive MTV VIP Pack. * For full conditions, see Council’s website.