Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Youth Jam held for future decision makers» 23/06/2011, Posted by Site Admin
Students from around the region learned how hard making decisions can be at the annual Youth Jam in Rotorua this week. Hosted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council Youth Jam is held annually to foster environmental awareness, youth leadership and participation in civic issues. This year's focus was giving Bay of Plenty youth opportunities to take part in local government decision making processes, in particular the Regional Council's Ten Year Plan.
Participants discussed how to have their opinions heard and looked at different ways to make decisions and prioritise. They put their learning into practice by looking at four Regional Council priority programmes â?? Tauranga Harbour, Rotorua Lakes, Regional Economic Development and Public Transport. They researched their topic and made presentations on why it was important. They looked at how a decision-making matrix could work â?? and found that making decisions and prioritising wasn't a simple job.
Representatives from Youth Jam will present feedback and practice making an oral submission to the Regional Council at a Ten Year Plan workshop later this month.
The six secondary schools represented were Otumoetai College, Tauranga Girls High, Papamoa College Kawerau College, Whakatane High School, and Rotorua Lakes High School.
Further information on the event can be found on: http://www.boprc.govt.nz/news-centre/media-releases/june-2011/future-decision-makers-choose-between-reigonal-priorities.aspx