The Dynamic Young Citizens – junior engagement program was developed to provide an interactive communication platform between Brimbank City Council and local primary school aged residence. The Dynamic Young Citizens – junior engagement program ensures children’s voices are heard in Council’s decision making processes.
The key objectives of the program are:
• Children in Brimbank understand the role of local government in the health and wellbeing of its community.
• Children in Brimbank feel confident to engage in civic programs and decision making processes.
• Children in Brimbank are able to promote their views on what makes a healthy community.
The Dynamic Young Citizens – junior engagement program is underpinned by the Victorian Child Friendly Cities and Communities Charter:
Children are integral to the fabric of our communities, but without voting rights, their ability to shape the communities in which they live is limited by the opportunities afforded to them by adults. The Victorian Child Friendly Cities and Communities movement works to bring individuals, organisations and communities together to collectively uphold and individually practise the principles of the Victorian Child Friendly Cities and Communities Charter. In fact, as a collective we will work alongside children to empower them to act as active and engaged citizens and share their unique perspective with their communities.
Brimbank City Council is committed to working together towards a child friendly city by developing pathways for children to be active citizens in their community. This work is reflected in Brimbank’s Children Strategy 2020-2024:
Respecting children as valued citizens acknowledges their worth in their own right and is a longer term investment in creating a more informed and engaged community.
Empowered Participation: Young people are valued members of the community and are empowered to lead conversations around change.
There are currently forty Dynamic Young Citizens representing ten schools and their communities in the 2021 program. If you are a teacher, an assistant principal or a principal of a local primary school in Brimbank’s municipality and would like more information about the Dynamic Young Citizens – junior engagement program, please contact Dudu on 9249 4857 or email DuduO@brimbank.vic.gov.au