Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador Program

About the Program

The Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador Program is open to young people aged 15 to 24 years. You also need to live in The Hills Shire local government area.

If you are a young person who would like to represent the youth of The Hills Shire and is:

  • passionate about meeting new people,
  • looking to contribute to the community in general,

Then this program is for you.

The Youth Ambassador Program involves young people serving as Ambassadors of The Hills Shire for 12 months.

The Ambassadors are an important representative voice for young people in The Hills.

You will represent at functions, community events and forums. You will also become members of The Hills Youth Army (Council's Youth Volunteers). The Hills Youth Army provides input and direction to the group.

Every year Council recruits Youth Ambassadors and champions to assist in Council identifying and determining youth needs and interests.

Council empowers the Ambassador and champions to put in place projects around youth engagement within the Hills community. They also recruit new Hills Youth Army members. 

2024/2025 Youth Ambassador Nominations

Council is accepting applications from individuals aged 15-24 for its 2024/2025 Sydney Hills Youth Ambassadors program.

Nominations close at 11:59pm on Sunday 17 March 2024.

Nominations have closed

2023/2024 Youth Ambassadors

 

Eva Pulvirenti and Deanna Stevens have been announced as the 2023-2024 Sydney Hills Youth Ambassadors.

Eva Pulvirenti

Eva has been a member of The Hills Youth Army for many years, volunteering at Council events like Youth Week, Australia Day and Clean Up Australia Day. Eva is passionate about the developing areas of the Shire, and she would like to promote inclusivity across The Hills. Eva would also like to be a voice for young people and educate and raise awareness about technology and social media safety.

Deanna Stevens

Deanna is a welfare leader at her school. She is passionate about challenging the stigma around gender issues, and she would like to raise awareness and educate her peers through health and well-being programs, such as R U OK? Day. Deanna also has interests in public speaking, slam poetry and conservation. Deanna believes positive change can be achieved through campaigns and program delivery that will generate kindness.

Mayor Gangemi pictured with new Youth Ambassadors Deanna Stevens (L) and Eva Pulvirenti (R) and Clr Jessica Brazier.png

Image Caption: Mayor Gangemi pictured with new Youth Ambassadors Deanna Stevens (L) and Eva Pulvirenti (R) and Clr Jessica Brazier.

2022/2023 Youth Ambassadors

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Image caption: Mayor Gangemi with Clr Boneham, new Youth Ambassadors Hayley Mogilin and Rebeeca Yu, former Youth Ambassadors Julie Charlton and Munira Tabassum and Clr Brazier.

Rebeeca Yu and Hayley Mogilin have been announced as this year’s Hills Shire Youth Ambassadors

Rebecca Yu

Rebecca has a significant interest in helping young people be heard. She is particularly interested in youth mental health, suicide prevention, homelessness and creating safe spaces. Rebecca is involved with headspace and Western Sydney Local Health District programs to support to young people experiencing difficulties. As Youth Ambassador, Rebecca wants to focus on creating a vision of a better community for young people and raising awareness about safe transport within the Hills.

Hayley Mogilin

Hayley is passionate about social justice and enjoys giving back to the community.  She has a focus on environmental issues and sees education as the key to resolving a lot of our challenges. Hayley is a member of Girl Guides and the President of her Young Lions Club. She has a strong interest in community participation and volunteering. Hayley aims to represent youth within the Shire through her community involvement and her interest in public speaking. 

2021/2022 Youth Ambassadors

Munira Tabassum Ahmed

Munira is a talented writer and performer. Her work has been featured in the Australian Poetry Journal, Emerging Writers and Runway Journal. She’s also received praise for her performance work by Bankstown Poetry Slam and Westside. Munira is passionate about the arts, mental health and wellbeing. In her new role as Youth Ambassador, Munira hopes to connect with and improve the wellbeing of young people through the arts.

Rory O'Connor

Rory has lived in the Hills his entire life. He has attended school here, his parish is based here and he has played competitive sports here. Rory is currently completing a media and economics degree at Macquarie University. On top of his studies, he is invested in giving back to the Hills and has participated in volunteering programs, such as Bushcare. Rory hopes to continue to serve his community in his new role as Youth Ambassador.

Julie Charlton

Julie is a passionate advocate for people with disability. She has travelled throughout NSW to talk extensively about people with disability and the issues that they face. She has also been the chairperson at the Youth Advisory Council and is an athletics coach. In her new role as Youth Ambassador, Julie hopes to give back to her local community and make a better world for her fellow peers. 

Read the media release - The 2021-2022 Youth Ambassadors are announced.

2020/2021 Youth Ambassadors

Anthony Radic

Anthony is a Year Leader at Rouse Hill High School and is dedicated to advocating for youth wellbeing, specifically around the stresses of academic life. Anthony would also like to strengthen connections between youth in the Hills and the wider community.

Hayley Irving

Eighteen year old Hayley is currently studying at Macquarie University and hopes to forge a career in politics one day. She would like to use her appointment as Youth Ambassador to give people her age and younger a stronger voice in the community.

Media Releases:

2019/2020 Youth Ambassadors

The 2019/2020 Youth Ambassadors included Reshmi Vinanya Niriella, Tian Yi Wong See and Lihini Savannah Mandakini.