In early July, NSW’s inaugural group of Rural Youth Ambassadors gathered for the first time. Encompassing locations from Bourke to Ulladulla and from Singleton to Finley, these young people joined their peers within the Rural Youth Ambassador Virtual Centre in their Orientation Forum.
The NSW Rural Youth Ambassador program forms part of the ever-growing Rural Inspire initiative which has been supported by the Commonwealth Government to focus on lifting the aspirations of young people across rural and remote Australia.
The NSW Rural Youth Ambassador program joins the suite of highly successful programs operating within Victoria and South Australia.
Phil Brown, Executive Officer of Country Education Partnership said:
‘We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Aurora College in providing this great opportunity for young people across rural and remote communities throughout New South Wales. We are indebted to the New South Wales Government, whose support has provided valuable resources to ensure that the young people selected are not disadvantaged by transport and accommodation costs.’
The New South Wales Rural Youth Ambassadors were involved in a range of discussions and ideas sharing, sparked by their experience as young people growing up in the country.
As Jackie shared:
‘The Rural Youth Ambassador program is an excellent initiative which promotes confidence and allows rural young people, like me, to have a say on issues which affect us directly in our everyday, rural education life. I am hoping the program will teach me leadership skills which will be of importance in my future career.’
‘I believe that the Rural Youth Ambassadors program is an excellent initiative that allows [young people] from rural areas to share their opinions on education, gain confidence and know that our voice will be heard.’
The New South Wales Rural Youth Ambassadors will come together in a full day forum early in Term 3.