Call to get behind youth service
EXPERTS and concerned citizens have been asked to join the push for a comprehensive youth service for the Clarence Valley through the establishment of a steering committee.
Youth advocates Ursula Tunks and Lisa McPhee are heading the call and have set Wednesday, May 12, as the committee’s first meeting date at South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club at 6pm.
Expertise is being sought from a cross section of the community, including youth justice, medical, employment, building and sport.
Ms Tunks’ business, Premium Ideas and Marketing, was awarded the National Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships in 2004 and she has been guest speaker at several key events in recent years.
As part of the campaign for better youth services, she established the Facebook page People for a Comprehensive Youth Service and PCYCs for the Clarence Valley .
“We are committed to establishing safe, non-threatening environments for the youth of the Clarence Valley to enjoy, encouraging and enhancing their participation in a wide range of social, sporting and creative endeavours,” the site says. “If we don’t value our young people by providing them with the services they need then how can we expect them to value themselves or their community?”