Vic Park Young Leaders

Become a Vic Park Young Leader

Applications are currently closed. 

Created in response to community consultation which formed the basis for the Town’s Youth Action Plan 2021-24, the program is seeking passionate community members between the ages of 16 and 25, who want to make an impact within their community and further develop their skills and experience as leaders. 

The Young Leaders will work to generate youth-based events and communications strategies with the Town. They will be the first port of call to provide advice and feedback on policies and procedures, deliver youth-engagement activities and work with the Town on relevant initiatives. 

To find out more or apply, click on the tabs below! 

Young Leader Program

The Young Leaders Program is an exciting initiative for young people who live, study, work or volunteer in the Town of Vic Park.

Members of this team, comprised of sixteen people aged 16 to 25, will have a keen interest in youth advocacy, events, and engagement within the Town.

Specifically, they will work closely with the Youth Programs Officer to provide advice and feedback on strategies, plans, policies and procedures on a range of topics.

They will also work to connect with other young people aged 12 to 25 in a peer capacity to talk about the issues that matter to them and bring their views back to the Town’s decision makers and internal service areas.

They will plan youth activities and initiatives and deliver at least one annual youth-focused event within the community. 

The Team will also work in conjunction with the Town’s Communications team to provide advice and guidance on communications strategies, including delivering two ‘youth take over’ days on the Town’s social media channels.

At the end of the year the team will facilitate an annual round table with the Town’s Council, be required to plan and deliver at least one community youth engagement activity and will work in conjunction with diverse Town service areas to contribute to youth-focused initiatives such as the annual Youth Safety Project.

Requirements:

  • Able to contribute 8-10 volunteer hours per month
  • Able to attend up to 15 regular meetings (every third Wednesday from 6pm-8pm, excluding certain holiday breaks) and meet with Town staff outside of meetings to work on specific projects
  • Have a passion and ability to engage young people in discussion about issues that matter to them and bring this feedback to senior Town staff and Councillors
  • Have an interest and/or experience in youth advocacy and engagement
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 25 at the time of application 
  • Either work, volunteer, study or live in the Town (suburbs include Victoria Park, East Victoria Park, Lathlain, Carlisle and Burswood, as well as sections of suburbs including Welshpool, Bentley and St. James) 
  • Able to promote events and initiatives through personal networks
  • Able to commit to regular participation in the team
  • Able to obtain a Police Clearance check (paid for by Town) 

Apply to the Young Leader Program 

We run this team year round and accept applications on a rolling basis.

If you'd like to join, please fill out the Expression of Interest below and someone will be in contact.

Gender



Do you have a current and valid WA Working with Children Check? If not, are you willing and able to obtain one?*

Do you identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual)?

Do you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?

Do you identify as living with a physical or cognitive disability?


 
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Recognition

Members of the Vic Park Young Leaders team will be recognised for their contributions by:

  • Fully funded skill development and training opportunities
  • Fully catered meetings from local restaurants
  • An invitation to an end of year party
  • Co-designed Vic Park Young Leaders t-shirt
  • An invitation to any Town volunteer ‘thank you’ functions
  • Skill development and training by Town staff
  • Acquisition of a WA Working with Children Check, paid for by the Town
  • Reimbursements for all approved out-of-pocket expenses related to the role
  • Career development in consultation, advocacy, project management and design
  • Community service hours recorded (where requested by those of school age or for other logged volunteer hours)
  • Written reference and certificate of recognition from the Youth Programs Officer

Other Ways to Apply

Applications may be submitted through hardcopy format. Hardcopy applications can be picked up from and submitted to the Town of Victoria Park Administration Building located at 99 Shepperton Road, Victoria Park. Hardcopy applications may also be scanned and sent to the Youth Programs Officer 

Applicants may also meet with Town staff to discuss their application or to apply in person, over the phone or through a video call. Please email admin@vicpark.wa.gov.au an attention it the Youth Programs Officer or call 08 9311 8111 to discuss further. 

The Town of Victoria Park strongly supports diversity and inclusion. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply including BIPOC youth, young people living with a disability and LGBTQIA+ youth. 

About the Young Leaders

In 2021, the Town released its Youth Action Plan 2021-2024, which was developed with the help of over 500 young people, as well as parents, caregivers and community organisation representatives.

A key outcome of the plan has been the creation of our Vic Park Young Leaders team. The team will work with the Town to plan youth activities and initiatives and deliver youth-focused events within the community, as well as providing advice and feedback on Town strategies, plans, policies and procedures, and connecting with their peers to address issues that matter to them.  

Purpose

The Vic Park Young Leaders purpose is to empower and mobilise young people within our community to actively participate in civic engagement and advocacy, amplifying voices of those often marginalised or overlooked.  

Through subtle yet impactful advocacy methods, we strive to foster a culture that values and respects the contributions of young people while addressing intersectional issues relating to environmental sustainability, mental health, inclusivity, homelessness and accessibility.  

Our commitment to authenticity, approachability, and inclusivity guides us as we advocate for positive change and promote healthy relationships. By championing values of integrity and compassion, we aim to create a more inclusive, supportive, and equitable society for all young people.  

      Charlotte Wheeler

Hayley Romano

Vision 

The Vic Park Young Leaders envision a community where young people are deeply connected, empowered, and valued as catalysts for positive change. Our vision is to: 

  • Foster a strong sense of belonging and connection among youth in the community. 
  • Enhance access to education and job opportunities for young people. 
  • Advocate for measures to relieve the cost-of-living burden on young people. 
  • Empower young individuals to actively participate in decision-making processes that affect them. 
  • Create accessible avenues for youth engagement in local government, outside of school hours. 
  • Challenge societal perceptions of young people, valuing their perspectives and contributions. 
  • Build a community where opportunities for personal growth and civic involvement are abundant. 
  • Ensure that young people feel empowered to make a tangible difference in their Town's future. 
  • Strive for a community where young people are recognised as integral members and agents of change. 

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