Nervous and excited, I turned up to the interview day after receiving some much needed advice via text from my friend, Kate. The text read: “Good luck, and don’t forget to mention your people skills”. After the first half of the day they began interviewing people in groups and the first thing I stuttered was about my people skills. Well I must've done something right because I got selected to join as an Executive Member to the Christchurch Youth Council.The journey began...
Slowly but surely I gained confidence in the Council and starting getting involved. We began planning lots of fun events including Face To Faces at Polyfest, Summerzend Festival and the Buskers Festival. Hearing the opinion of the youth in Christchurch is an eye-opening experience that extends your mind to the viewpoints of others. We found out the barriers people face in their community according to the youth and the results were: A lack of Youth friendly places and spaces, housing, public transport, bike lanes and cleaner rivers. These issues are severely important and we are working on connecting to decision makers in changing these around.
So many opportunities have arisen from being on the Christchurch Youth Council. I have gotten the chance to attend a range of interesting and fun events. These include important meetings, fun events and even starring on the Daily Fix! Having the opportunity to talk about my passion project on the online tv show, The Daily Fix was a fun and nerve racking experience. I’m sure anyone that knows me well can say that I don’t get very shy but I was shaking before we went to air. It was an awesome experience though and I am glad that I put my foot forward and did so. On Saturday the 3rd October, I am very lucky to be attending the TedXChch event which I am beyond excited about. This will be a very fulfilling experience and I believe I will get a lot from it.
To wrap up, being an executive member of the Christchurch Youth Council, has presented itself with many exciting opportunities that I would not have otherwise received. I have turned into an open-minded person and have learnt to see things from everyone's point of view. Attending educational and fun events has been a huge highlight along with working with an incredible team of passionate, motivated young people.