A group of passionate young people keen to have our voices heard about what's happening in our city.
We are the Hutt City Youth Council and we are back in action, ready to shake up the Hutt Valley.
We are a group of highly passionate, committed individuals who are keen to make a positive change for not only the Youth of the Hutt Valley, but for the community as a whole.
We are a pretty diverse, multi-cultural team with our ages ranging from 12-24 and a variety of backgrounds that represent the wider community. One of our members also sits on a Council's community panel.
We are here for the Youth of Lower Hutt, so if you're keen to see the kinds of things we do, check out our Facebook page and get in touch.
We want to hear your voice! Kia Kaha!
The Youth Council members as at August 2018 are:
Sophia Nem (Chair)
Tesh Kells (Deputy Chair, Communications Officer)
Willow Bailey (Advocacy Officer)
Sam Cooper (Deputy Advocacy Officer)
Northern: Bryanna Jenson, Tesh Kells
Harbour: Luke Evison
What we do
The Hutt City Youth Council understands how hard it is for youth to stand up and be heard, especially in matters that affect our local and wider communities.
Our aim is to work in collaboration with the Hutt City Council, local community groups and collectives and the Youth of Lower Hutt to help make a city that we can be proud of.
We work to achieve this by:
working with the youth of the Hutt Valley and providing the youth voice to Hutt City Council.
advocating for the overall well-being and interests of youth in our communities.
collectively working with and within Council to raise knowledge and awareness regarding youth issues and concerns.
ensuring we maintain a diverse group culture with inclusive, non-judgmental, open values.
We meet every second Monday at 6pm at Naenae Library.
Where are we at?
This year, the Hutt City Youth Council is looking to implement a number of initiatives that we hope will build a solid foundation with the Hutt City Council.
Using this foundation and relationship with Council, we believe we as a Youth Council can really make a difference for the youth in Lower Hutt.
We have already made strides through the written and oral submissions for the Annual Plan. This was received with huge success and helped us push forward in submitting a written and oral submission for the Local Alcohol Policy improvements.
While we aim to be active in making sure the youth voice is heard within Council, we also hope to work with Council on issues such as youth physical and mental health, creating more opportunities for youth involvement and creating more youth friendly spaces throughout the Hutt.
Below is an awesome video we made about our views on the Annual Plan and photos of our team in action at the oral submission session on Tuesday 16 May 2017.
How to get in touch
If you want to know more about HCYC or are keen to be part of Youth Council: