The Tasman Youth Council carries out projects and initiatives to meet the needs of young people in our community. It provides an avenue for young people to have a voice in Council processes and decision-making.
There are four regional clusters - Waimea, Motueka, Golden Bay and Murchison.
Members of the Tasman Youth Council receive youth leadership and development opportunities to help them fulfil their role.
Youth councillors can attend some Tasman District Council committee meetings and have speaking rights.
If you have any questions or would like to apply to become a Tasman Youth Council member please get in touch with Yulia at Yulia.Panfylova@tasman.govt.nz.
One of the Tasman Youth Council's major achievements is Jam Online - a website for young people.
The Jam is a weekly radio show on Fresh FM which is sponsored by the Tasman Youth Council. The show looks at youth issues, and informs listeners about local and regional youth activities.
A central focus each year is the celebration of Youth Week. Youth Week publicly acknowledges the role young people play in our communities, and encourages others to get involved, share their opinions, showcase their creativity and talent and, above all, have fun. Youth Week takes place annually in May.
Our libraries run regular events and programmes for children of all ages.
We organise and support a range of other family-friendly events throughout the year.
We provide funding of up to $200 per person for young people to attend development or leadership courses. It's easy to apply, and the funding is available all year round.
We run the Enviroschools programme in Tasman District, supporting early childhood centres and schools commit to sustainability - we believe environmental education for our younger generation holds the key to a more sustainable future for our region.
The national Enviroschools programme aims to foster a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably.
Caring for a worm farm is a popular activity for Enviroschools, and can be a first step towards a rich environmental learning experience.
Initially students may learn how a worm farm works and enjoy being kaitiaki/guardians of the worms.
Children begin to see how the worms turn their food waste into a resource, which could be given away or sold, or used for a garden as nature intended.
They may choose to develop a garden. A garden is a rich learning resource on its own for a range of science and problem solving activities. Depending on the purpose or goal that students wish to achieve, the worm farm and/or garden can become a local resource for a wide variety of other purposes.
There are three levels, or milestones Enviroschools work towards - bronze, silver and green-gold. At bronze level, the Enviroschool may just use the produce from their garden within their school or early childhood centre.
At silver level, they may also feed their chickens, or use the produce for fundraising or to exchange with the community. At green-gold level, the worm farm may support a garden that is also contributing to meals for neighbours or community members.
Students begin to understand the connections between the environment and their community, and can plan sustainable action that generates wide community benefit.