Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador Program
About the Program
The Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador Program is open to young people aged 15 to 24 years who live in The Hills Shire local government area.
If you are a young person who is passionate about meeting new people, contributing to the community in general and would like to represent the youth of The Hills Shire, then this program is for you.
The Youth Ambassador Program involves the selection of two young people to serve as Ambassadors of The Hills Shire for a period of 12 months.
The Ambassadors are an important representative voice for young people in The Hills who will be given the opportunity to represent at functions, community events and forums. They will also get to participate as members of The Hills Youth Army (Council's Youth Volunteers) and provide 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 initiate and implement projects around youth engagement within the Hills community, as well as recruit new Hills Youth Army members.
2022/2023 Youth Ambassadors
The Youth Ambassador role is an important representative voice for young people in the Hills Shire. In this role the Youth Ambassador has the opportunity to represent the young people of the Hills Shire at functions, events and forums.
The Youth Ambassador's term will run from April 2022 - 2023. During this time the Youth Ambassador is expected to:
- Be involved in youth activities during Youth Week, Mental Health month, and other Council youth led events
- Attend and or Speak at appropriate council functions such as Australia Day, Remembrance Day and Citizenship Ceremony (National Citizenship Day)
- Volunteer at council events such as Australia Day and Orange Blossom Festival (OBF)
- Be an active participant of the Hills Youth Army and provide direction to the Hills Youth Army initiatives
- Represent young people at functions and events throughout The Hills Shire in a ceremonial capacity.
During this time, the Youth Ambassadors may also:
- Sit on local youth advisory committees;
- Represent young people at functions and events throughout the Hills Shire in a ceremonial capacity and;
- Attend the Hills Youth Services Network or relevant interagency/network.
The views expressed by the Youth Ambassador are their own, and are not necessarily those held by the Hills Shire Council. However, it is important to remember that you are a part of The Hills Shire Council framework. As such, we request you inform us of any public engagements, articles or media comments and discuss items with us prior to these being made public.
Meet the 2022/23 Hills Shire Youth Ambassadors
Photo 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 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 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 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 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.
Hear from our previous Youth Ambassadors