Introducing our student Youth Deputy Mayors

18/8/2016
Year 7 students, Alannah Hader from Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park  and Niamh O
Year 7 students, Alannah Hader from Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park and Niamh O'Keefe from Emmaus Catholic College, Kemps Creek were selected from 11 finalists in the 2016 Youth Mayor Competition.

Two Catholic school students are starting their local government careers early, having recently been selected as Youth Deputy Mayors for Penrith City Council.

Year 7 students, Alannah Hader from Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park  and Niamh O'Keefe from Emmaus Catholic College, Kemps Creek were selected from 11 finalists in the 2016 Youth Mayor Competition.

Run earlier this year, the competition challenged local secondary school students from years 7 to 9 to come up with their best Penrith adventure idea, in line with Penrith’s proud tourism claim as the state’s ‘adventure capital’.

Alannah Hader said she was thrilled with the opportunity to represent her local council and learn more about local government, leadership and democracy.

‘What goes on in our community does not only affect adults, it affects the youth,” she said. “It’s good for the voices of young people to be heard.’

Winners were announced at a special afternoon tea in late June and the Youth Deputy Mayors attended their first official ‘engagement’ at the July 25 council meeting, speaking to councillors about the qualities of leadership. 

Niamh O
Niamh O'Keefe said good leaders encourage others to speak up.


Niamh O'Keefe said good leaders encourage others to speak up.

‘A leader listens to the people and gives the community a voice,’ she said. ‘No matter who you are, you can be a leader.’

Both students will be invited to attend 75 council events over the next year with the Penrith City Mayor.
Posted By Natasha Borg at 18/08/2016 10:51:49 AM
 
   
  
 

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