Time is running out for interested young people to sign up for Belfast City Council’s Youth Forum – the closing date for expressions of interest is Tuesday, 3 May.
Belfast City Council wants young people aged between 13 and 18 years old interested in an opportunity to become ‘Young Advocates’ for Belfast to help create positive changes in communities across the city.
An expression of interest form and more information is available on at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/youth.
The Belfast Youth Forum gives young people a chance to campaign for change on social justice and children’s rights, work alongside politicians in council to improve the lives of young people, and organise and run campaigns and events designed to promote the voices of young people in the city.
Taster sessions are being held in the City Hall on Saturday, 4 June and Friday, 10 June which will allow young people to get a feel for the work of the forum and allow council staff to select applicants for the second stage of recruitment. Forty places are available and new members will be announced in June.
Belfast Youth Forum member, Joshua McDonnell, said: “I would encourage any young person to come along to the taster sessions in June to see what can be achieved through the Belfast Youth Forum and if they want to be part of that achievement.
“It has been two years of hard work and fun, it’s given me an insight into how local government works and a tremendous sense of achievement knowing that we have helped make a difference.
“We worked on such issues as hidden homelessness and the need to provide more youth friendly space in the city centre. It has developed my own self confidence and given me new friends and opportunities, I would recommend it to anyone,” Joshua added.
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