Ipswich City Council is turning to bright young minds for advice as part of the Ipswich Youth Advisory Council (IYAC).

Council is calling on 20 people aged 16 to 25 years to join the group and have their say on the future of the city.

Community development spokeswoman Councillor Kylie Stoneman said IYAC would act as a voice for Ipswich’s young people.

She said it would provide members with a chance to influence, raise awareness and make a difference in the community.

“IYAC is a youth engagement initiative which aims to identify current and emerging issues facing young people, encourage consideration of issues at a local, state and federal level, and to support young people to develop their own projects, initiatives and events that respond to various issues in Ipswich,” Cr Stoneman said.

“We are looking for young people who are dedicated, enthusiastic and committed.

“They have to be keen to learn new skills and experience personal development, interested in becoming involved in and planning and developing youth events and initiatives, willing to represent the youth of Ipswich at a range of events and other duties, and able to listen to and respect the views of their peer groups.”

Cr Stoneman said IYAC was a unique opportunity for young people to develop leadership, planning, administration, community engagement, research and teamwork skills.

“It is a chance to work with and collaborate with other young people, community groups and services, and build networks and contacts in the City of Ipswich and further abroad,” she said.

Applications are open until Friday, 1 June. For more information go here or email council’s Community Engagement Branch.

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