Jade – Brimbank Youth Council #MEETBYC
🤔❓ Did you know that Brimbank has a Youth Council? Now you do! Meet Jade, one of the Brimbank Youth Councillors!
Tell us three things about yourself!
I really enjoy music – whether that’s practicing my violin or listening to my favourite songs, I’m always happiest when my ears are occupied.
Spending time with my family (both extended and immediate) is really important to me. Some of my most precious memories are of family dinners and christmas get-togethers, and I’m ALWAYS up for one of my uncle’s BBQs.
I’m passionate about the environment and I love getting out in nature. Camping, hiking, canoeing, swimming, rafting, running– anything I can do out in the elements is time well spent!
Why did you decide to join the Youth Council?
I joined the BYC to help create positive change in my community. I hope to share my voice and perspective with issues in Brimbank, so that my efforts can benefit people in a meaningful way. I also want to support other young people in sharing their own ideas and stories, so that we can all have a voice and learn from each other.
What issue are you most passionate about and/or interested in tackling and why?
I’m passionate about the environment and nature, and I want to help systems in Brimbank become more sustainable. To me, sustainability is all about working with the resources we have and using them wisely so we don’t cause harm to the earth or waste resources for future generations. I believe that it’s vital to ensure that our practices are sustainable, especially now as we begin to see the effects of the climate crisis. Climate change is an issue that will affect everyone everywhere, and we’re beginning to see its effect on the world around us. The climate crisis is no longer just a threat, the warnings and predictions are quickly becoming a reality. It’s essential that we act now, because it’s our future that will be impacted by our actions today.
Why is it important for young people to be heard/part of the decision-making process?
As a young person, I’ve been told countless times about how I’m “the generation of the future” and I can imagine others have been told this too. What I’ve realised is that, however repeated, the statement is very true. Creating positive changes now will ensure that we shape an awesome future for ourselves, our friends and our future generations by the time that we’re all grown up. Having a voice as a young person means that you can have your say in your future; which is seriously important and an incredible privilege.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young people who want to create change in their community?
Go for it! The change that you want to see will likely be the change others want too! But, before you go about choosing how you’re going to improve your local community, it’s vital that you talk to those around you and see what they think. Listening to others’ experiences can be really eye-opening and can help you decide how you want to approach a problem. I recommend creating change through a group; working with a group of friends or people who share the same interests as you is WAY more fun and effective than braving it alone.
Thanks for giving us such a great insight Jade! We wish you the very best in your role as a Brimbank Youth Councillor and all future endeavours!