City of Melville recruits eight young Peer Researchers to help develop new Youth Strategy

22 July 2021

The City of Melville has recently recruited a group of eight young people aged 16 to 25 who live, work, study, or volunteer in the City to become peer researchers.

The City of Melville has recently recruited a group of eight young people aged 16 to 25 who live, work, study, or volunteer in the City to become peer researchers and seek community feedback which will help inform the City’s new Youth Strategy.

The newly formed peer researcher group have developed our young people survey, as well as a parent or caregiver survey, inviting those who complete a survey the opportunity to win Visa EFTPOS Gift Cards.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said he encouraged young people aged between 12 to 25 or parents or caregivers of a young person who lives works or volunteers in the City to complete the surveys.

“Your feedback will play an important and influential role in the development of the City’s new Youth Strategy, so why not have your say and you could walk away with some extra cash in your pocket,” said Mayor Gear.

“The peer researcher group are also hosting an art competition, where young people can create a visual art piece inspired by places, connection, memories or the future and have their finished pieces display in a youth art exhibition, as well as contribute their art to the finished Youth Strategy.

“There are four Visa EFTPOS Gift Cards up for grabs, with a winner elected per each of the four categories in the competition for the most creative artwork.”

Young people can attend an artist workshop on Sunday, 25 July and Sunday, 8 August and get advice from a professional artist.

The youth and parent/caregiver surveys will close midnight, Sunday, 1 August.

The City has engaged the Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) to help guide the peer researchers and finalise the Youth Strategy for releasing at the end of this year.

‘Follow Engagement’ on our Melville Talks page to find out more information on the Directions from Young People - Youth Strategy, peer researchers, Youth Strategy Art Competition and ways the community can get involved by visiting the DFYP webpage.

Image: Peer Researchers Ollie Swan and Sarah Hirst attended the Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Business After Hours hosted by the City to survey business owners on what would help your organisation consider employing more young people.

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