Meet Adriel: Your 2024 Brimbank Youth Councillor

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It’s time to meet your 2024 Brimbank Youth Council!

The Brimbank Youth Council is made up of young people in the area, who are motivated, excited and determined to represent the young community of Brimbank.

Adriel is 17 years old and hails from Sri Lanka, from which he moved to Australia when he was two. With a keen interest in camping, books, music, and movies, Adriel enjoys exploring all the different aspects that make up our life and society and is always curious to learn more. Read more about him below.

Why did you join the Brimbank Youth Council?

I joined the Brimbank Youth Council to create positive change in our community. I believe the BYC can be a powerful voice for Brimbank’s youth, bringing our perspectives and needs to the forefront, and working together to develop solutions that cater to them. I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself, where I can have fun while also bettering the world around me.

What are you passionate about?

Learning is definitely a big one for me. There’s always something new to discover, whether it’s in my studies or just delving into random topics that pique my interest. But beyond academics, I’m really passionate about self-improvement. I find it incredibly engaging and thought-provoking to think about why we do the things we do, and the psychology behind it. I extend this interest to the people around me, sharing my own experiences to help other youth around me on their own journey.

What are you hoping to achieve as a Brimbank Youth Councillor this year?

My overall goal this year as a BYC member is to be able to see the change that we’ve created this year, regardless of the initiative. However, if I had to choose a specific topic, I’d like to help develop well-rounded youth in our community. I envision a future where young people, regardless of their cultural background or socioeconomic status, have equal access to a well-rounded education. This would reinforce a holistic view of education, where youth are not just taught academics but learn life skills education; being given career advice, internship opportunities, and mentorship programs. As a BYC member, I would discuss initiatives that bridge this gap and empower Brimbank’s youth to pursue their dreams with confidence.

What does a better Brimbank look like to you?

For me, a better Brimbank celebrates the rich diversity we have here. It’s a place where everyone feels welcome, supported, and has the chance to reach their full potential. I also believe strong youth engagement is key; a Brimbank where young voices are heard and actively involved in shaping the future of our community.

What’s one piece of advice you have for young people who want to create change in their community?

Don’t be afraid to get involved! There are so many ways to make a difference, even if it starts with something small. Find something you’re passionate about, connect with others who share your interests, and work together to make your vision a reality. Don’t be shy about jumping in and creating change! Your voice matters, and your ideas can have a big impact. You’ve got the power to create positive change in your community. Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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