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About the Youth Council

The Clutha District Youth Council is made up of two representatives from each of the district's five secondary schools - Blue Mountain College (Tapanui), Catlins Area School (Owaka), Lawrence Area School, South Otago High School (Balclutha), and Tokomairiro High School (Milton) - plus two young people from Telford - A Division of Lincoln University, two young people from the workforce, and two councillors.

The Youth Council is a standing committee of the full Council, which enables its views to be regularly heard at the full Council table. Objectives of the Youth Council are:

  • To encourage youth involvement in the planning and development of Council services.

  • To provide a youth perspective to the Council on a range of issues covered by Council, as well as issues relating directly to youth.

  • To act as a consultative link between young people and Council.

  • To provide a forum where the views of young people are voiced and heard.

Youth Council Members 2014
Workplace representatives: Kelsey Harrison, Kate Morrison (Cahirperson)
Telford - A Division of Lincoln University representatives: Chloe Sheenan, Melissa Were
Blue Mountain College representatives: Zoe Hancox, Krystina Trewby-Gunn
The Catlins Area School representatives: Tyler Ford, Caroline Leslie
Lawrence Area School representatives: Merran Casse, Leaha Dickey
South Otago High School representatives: Jay Bichan, Hayley Smith
Tokomairiro High School representatives: Olivia Adam, Terri Thomas
Council representatives: Cr Ron Davis, Cr Ken Payne

Youth Council Development Fund 2014


Applications are now being called for the 2014 Youth Council Development Fund


The aim... is to provide the young people of the Clutha District with access to a personal development fund which has been established to assist young people in reaching their goals.

The purpose... of this fund is to ensure that young people can make the most of every opportunity available to them, by helping to remove the barrier of financial limitations.

The funding... will be an amount of up to $2,000. The number of recipients and amount awarded to each individual will be flexible, depending upon applications received during each annual funding round.

The process... will involve young people in the community submitting a letter or story (in writing or video) about why they require the funding. The Clutha District Youth Council will decide on a shortlist of  applicants who will then be interviewed by an interview panel consisting of nominated youth councillors, a councillor and a staff member.

The criteria... for applying includes the following:

  • The applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 24

  • The applicants must live in the Clutha District

  • The applicants will be required to provide clear information about the intended use of the fund

  • Applications will be in writing describing the reason for the funding and the desired outcomes, as well as, a plan about how the applicant intends on raising the remaining necessary funds for their project/course/sport/event/camp/training or other

  • Applications must include the day-time contact details of a reference person who can verify the information included in the application. e.g. a coach, teacher, team leader

  • The applications must be received by the final cut off date and time.

  • The applicants must be willing to have their photos used for promotional material if selected

  • Successful applicants may not reapply for this fund a second time

  • The scholarship must be used within 12 months of receipt of the fund

  • Applications for retrospective costs (i.e. where the project has already been completed) will not be considered


The intended outcome... is that there will be more young people in the Clutha District reaching their full potential as members of the community through the help of the Youth Development Fund.


It is hoped that the allocation of this resource will ensure that young people are able to access opportunities which will enhance their personal development and growth, by providing financial support for them to achieve their goals and aspirations.


Applications close Tuesday 4 June 2014


Adobe Acrobat Document Clutha District Youth Council Youth Development Fund Application Form (PDF, 25kb, opens new window)




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