The Marlborough Youth Council provides a channel to the District Council for the local young people of this region.
Made up of representatives from the secondary schools in Blenheim and Picton, the Community College and the Business Management School, the Youth Council meets regularly with Mayor Alistair Sowman, Deputy Mayor Jenny Andrews and Councillor Jessica Bagge.
Their meetings enable councillors to hear the views of young people on issues that affect their generation, at the same time encouraging younger people to take part in civic processes.
The Youth Council gets involved in public tree planting, an ‘inter-generational’ event which brings together young and old, and groups like CACTUS and SADD. The Youth Council also has a small budget to help in cases where hardship is involved for local young people who have been selected at a national or international level to represent Marlborough.
This year the Youth Council celebrated the launching of its own website: www.myvoicemarlborough.co.nz